Tell Me: What’s Holding You Back?

Hey Guys,

I have a quick favor to ask of you.

But before we get into that I just want to point out that, in the last 24 hours alone, roughly 6,231 people have watched my latest video, “Startup To Freedom”. I seems as though people are starting to send the video to their friends and family.

So not only could you learn a lot from the video, but you could also look at it as a lesson in viral marketing! Cool.

Now since my inbox has been flooded with questions and comments about momentum, I want to try and answer them the best they can. But before I do that, I want you to submit a question to my blog so that I can have a clear picture of the common obstacles that are preventing people from gaining momentum.

Here is the question I’d like you to answer:

Q:What is the biggest obstacle that is preventing you from gaining the momentum you need to bring your business to the next level?

Submit your answer on this post…

And yes this means you!

It will only take 30 seconds, and it will help you identify the constraint that is preventing you from growing your business.

Then, later on this week, I’ll be releasing something that will address the common obstacles you’re facing. I already have some ideas, based on the feedback so far, but I’m very interested in hearing from you.

I’m looking forward to your feedback.

To Higher Profits,
Rich Schefren

549 thoughts on “Tell Me: What’s Holding You Back?”

  1. i’ve gotta hand it to you rich, your latest video is FANTASTIC… i took like 50 pages of notes. my mind is in overdrive now! can’t wait to start applying it all…

    i guess the biggest obstacle that is hold me back now is myself. i can’t seem to just get stuff done. i don’t know why. it seems like i have all the right knowledge, and even my niche picked out, but i just don’t execute. always seems like life gets in the way.

    thanks again man, and i’m looking forward to whatever you’ve got coming next. –ron

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  2. I’ll second Ron’s comments. The video is truly amazing – you managed to pack so much in!
    Biggest obstacle? To get started means getting the finance together – and until it’s started I have to distract myself from getting started in order to work to earn that finance (resources to start up). Sometimes limits to borrowing are already reached.

    So what would be really helpful would be some tips on how to get in there without the full resources initially that will later be needed to start properly. There’s got to be a way out of the viscious circle.

    Anyway thanks for being so direct and open. The world would be a better place if business were always performed in this way.

    Simon

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  3. I am stuck on basic mechanics of setting up and managing my web sites. I’m a lone wolf working from my basement and I need someone to call on for help on basics.

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  4. Hi Rich, Wow! You da man. Okay, I don’t know how many times I have to realize this but I took the Kobe, like you told us, I know my core strengths and I am no techie, but I still get hung up on thinking that I can do a lot of the stuff that I just can not do. I am starting to break my mold by doing some outsourcing but I would say that my biggest hangups are 1) not having one specific thing that will generate revenue for me right now, ( I am focusing in on a squeeze page and an e-book to sell) and 2) building a virtual team that can do all the stuff that I cannot do and don’t want to do. HELP! Can’t wait to hear your next blast and I love your coaching stuff. I am part of your coaching group and You have completely given me a blueprint for my business that I wasn’t even close to having before your advise. Thanks again, Richard Blackstone

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  5. What is the biggest obstacle that is preventing you from gaining
    the momentum you need to bring your business to the next level?

    For me Rich, it would have to be finding the time to startup my business while still having to work a daily job and spend time with my girlfriend. Because the free time I get comes in dribs and drabs, in other words, 2 hours here, 20 mins there…i find it hard to get momentum up. As soon as I’m on a roll and working very hard something non-work related comes up that requires my attention…It’s KILLIN me…but I’ll get there in the end 🙂

    Thanks for your latest video…I found the time (thank god) to watch it and you’ve really given me a lot more clarity and focus in regards to concentrating on self, market and offer to get momentum up and money coming in so that I can hire a virtual team soon! How Exciting! 🙂

    To High Profits! (as you would ssay Rich!)
    Thanks,
    Irish Dave in Australia

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  6. The three things that seem to be holding me back the most are: (1) computer network marketing knowledge (2) having to work a heavy work schedule (3) and the finances to invest in my business that I really need to invest to make up for my lack of knowledge and time.

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  7. Personal finance – a lot of what I need to do to expand requires more outlay of money that I don’t have. So catch 22 time, if the company pays for its own expenses I can afford it, but the company isn’t big enough to do so.

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  8. Mr Shefren,
    This is our stress. We produce a range of furniture and decorative accesories in Asia. Our markets are Europe and the US. We need to discover better methods than the current methods we use. We need a stronger inter reaction with our customers. We need them to wake up to our products as we wake up to their requirements. What is are the most vital methods we should learn in selling “hard” products from Asia.

    I have found your approach interesting but limited in the context of what we are doing. Selling a pdf or a range of information products does not seem to work effectively in our contect. Or,are we doing things wrong?
    Thank you

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  9. What is the biggest obstacle that is preventing you from gaining the momentum you need to bring your business to the next level?

    Actually my major problem has been promotion, mainly building my list. I am gaining and expect much better results soon.

    Your presentations have helped me to also see the whole picture more clearly.

    Thanks,
    John

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  10. Hi Rich,

    I seem to be lacking basci salesmanship skills. Inkow how beneficial my projects are, but conveying that to potential JV partners and prospects is hold ing me back.

    I don’t just mean sales copy. But talking to people in general about products and getting the ‘why you should be using this’ point across.

    Hope that makes sense. Thanks for all your thoughts,

    Glenn

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  11. My problem is that I may be trying to do too much. I’m just starting to implement some of Dan Kennedy’s ( I’m a Gold Inner Circle member) principles. I’m re-inventing my existing business, starting some massive marketing and just joined one of his regional Master Mind groups. In addition, I’m doing some Matt Furey stuff and doing a lot of continuing education for my business in order to accomplish the changes I desire. I’m thinking your material will have to wait until later in the year or 2008.

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  12. Great video! You are super and I really appreciate all of the time and effort you are sharing.

    My biggest obstacle is the fact that I run many businesses, so have a challenge staying focused on only one.

    Chris

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  13. Understanding some of the more basic things involved in getting started. I run several sucessful businesses but the intenet doesn’t come easily although I know heaps of theory on internet marketing.

    I must point out that as an enrolled member of one of your previous expensive courses you never once replied to messages asking how to do certain things.

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  14. Biggest obstacle: Finding/creating something uniquely superior that people are actually demanding …

    (I’m good at lists, autoresponders and optin conversions, but visitors pay little interest in the actual paid product I’ve created … so far anyway …)

    Thanks Rich – you represent the philosophies I subscribed to for many years so well in their translation to the internet.

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  15. With personal health issues with my father, unable to concentrate on almost anything for more than 10-20 minutes. Mind is forever wandering and not able to focus for any period of time

    Extremely difficult time of delegation of tasks to other people that I do not consider competent enough to handle the most simplest siutation

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  16. My two biggest obstacles are new blood, and getting the downline I have to take action instead of being inactive. I am sure you have many on your list that are just an email address that does not get you any responses. I have a small list of about 1000, but to get them to take action… not an easy task. Gettting new blood in the lines is my other issue. I made a modest income with my ebiz so spending money to do this is not an option at this time. Also, because of the nature of my ebiz, the “niche” angle does not seem to work well for us. : ( any suggestions would be appreciated. thanks for the opportunity to share

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  17. It’s pretty basic, having access to the talent to fill the gaps for your company’s strategic next step especially in your direct response marketing implementation efforts… that will take your product and service to an exponential level, at an affordable price, especially with a worthy start-up.

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  18. Lost my job to restructuring. Due to trying to keep from being homeless I only read the emails and browse these sites to say to myself that I must learn to do this and eliminate the need for a Just Over Broke!

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  19. Great job on your video and it is very informative. Things holding me back is the commitment to my goal. With using ppc to advertise can quickly get into your back pocket, so the amount of time it is ran is dictated by the monthly budget. So in the process of trying to find different and less expensive ways to get people to your website is mind boggling. You can spend so much time on research and reading emails that your focus on your goal gets blurry. The trait of wanting everything perfect from advertising, website, blogs, autoresponders only seems to stop you in your tracks. I always thought if I could profit $5 dollars a day, then the door is open to only improve and get better. Thanks Rich and I will be looking for more from you in the future.

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  20. My problem, like many other aspiring Internet entrepreneurs, is generating a large enough subscriber list to which I can give info, establish my credentials and credibility about which I can speak, and eventually to whom I can sell something.

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  21. I am trying but not hard enough apparently because I have another business to run. Am missing the setup coaching required to get the internet basics rolling. I cannot spend hours and hours learning how to set up websites and call lists etc. I am willing to pay for a start up coach but it must be good!

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  22. Hi Rich,

    You are doing great things in the internet world in raising the business accumen bar ever higher.

    What’s been holding me back is failure to specialise.

    I now realise how important it is to focus and be an expert in a specialisation rather than trying to be a multi expert! Your video conforms my thoughts and has enabled my perception of opportunities to be better defined through clarity of vision.

    cheers

    Rod

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  23. Hi Rich

    Love your work! Biggest obstacle for me & partner is cashflow, and funding growth sprurts & bigger orders. We make a custom product & just getting the stuff made & getting it out the door can demand all our time. We are focusing on training new staff to assist us, but that means more cashflow problems!

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  24. Traffic, Traffic, Traffic.

    Without traffic nothing else matters one iota. That part at least is a numbers game.

    Getting traffic is easy if you have a big budget – PPC – but even then you have to have a high-priced product and significant conversion ratio to show a profit. Cheap PPC is rapidly becoming a relic of the past.

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  25. Hello,
    The biggest thing holding me back is lack of patience. I’m too all over the place. This may sound stupid to some but it’s why I think I have not increased my income in the last 4 years even though I have built extra web sites, have a decent sized list, experience in certain areas that crave solutions and so on.

    I’d say that my second obstacle (if I am permitted to tell), is that I may suffer from a bit of self doubt when it comes to really helping other’s even though I know I can. I fear bad clients.

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  26. Here is my Question: How do one overcome the fear of meeting new people? I have a tendency to judge people, like” oh they will not be interesstet in this product” or ” I am sure they can’t afford it”. I am also very shy and seem to procastinate a lot, doing tomorrow or there after what I could do today.

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  27. Rich,
    Five years ago, lost my job at 62 years of age. Lymph node cancer followed and I am now in remission. During that time, I focussed on Internet marketing and after my first contact with Ken Mc Carhty I got exposed to all the current gurus. Of all these people, including many you work with, only you and Mc Carthy impress me with an honest well thought- out pragmatic and universally usable approach. The others all remind me of pyramid sales schemes, where money earned is more important than the product sold.
    I was never comfortable with selling information and coming-up with new products every week. My background and approach relate to selling tangible benefit- producing products and I am ready to launch my new product and build my brand.
    Nowhere have I seen or received a complete well thought-out step by step approach, able to grow with the company and providing me with the blueprint from start to finish. I can constantly evaluate where I am and refer to the blueprint to prepare for where I will be soon. Thank you for providing this information and rest assured I wiil continue to follow and focus upon your teachings, attending your next live presentation.
    Jean in Montreal

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  28. Thanks Rich…I haven’t checked out the video yet but you always produce & deliver such great stuff that I’m sure you have over delivered, yet again….I felt compelled to respond…per your request: Procrastination…..or maybe it’s just getting started. Once I get started, I do more than most…better than most…in less time than most; fortunately, these qualities tends to keep me way ahead of the game….but I have to get started. I guess the bottome line is….I’m capable…I’m gifted…I have a lot to offer; unfortunately, I’m lazy–ouch 🙁 that hurt…but it’s the truth. This has been my albatros & my goal this year is to kill or at a minimum severly disable this deficit. My more important standing goal is to live up to: ‘of whom much is given….much is required.

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  29. Finding the wright product on the leading edge of the baby bubble, I’m thinking travel but I don’t know which profession I hold higher, them or used car salesmen.

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  30. Being a newby at all of this and having to learn the basics – my biggest obstacle is absorbing and sifting through the overwhelming information available to get to the core steps of building a web site and then doing what is necessary to build lists etc. I know what I want and how I want it to work – but I don’t know who and what to focus on for the steps to get it going as there is so much out there! Your video certainly helped me understand who I need to be and how to build momentum … but I also need to get off first base first and have the basic knowledge of how to do that.

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  31. Rich,

    You strike a very solid chord in what it takes to generate momentum. Your video pointed out that what we lack is a powerful offer. Even though companies need what we sell, our offer fails to overcome their inherent objections.

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  32. Until I watched your videos a clear focused plan of action. Like many others I have allowed finances to get in the way also, and now have a much better method of dealing with that. And also not really taking into consideration the many actions required to move forward successfully in this area. Was I willing to look myself in the face and take on my shortcomings? not until recently. No more tail chasing. If something is not working why keep doing it over and over expecting different results? Hummm, so move on but move.

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  33. Having time to devote consistently to development of my internet and real estate businesses because of the amount of time that I must devote to my medical practice and care of my invalid wife.

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  34. Hello Rich,

    When I got your e-mail just now, asking what is holding me back from gaining momentum in my internet biz, I just had to come over here and post.

    I will tell you. It is all the techie stuff, that has to be done so I can have websites and on-line products and information such as mailing lists, newsletters, putting together downloadable products together. Now there are blogs, video, and audio website enhancements to contend with.

    For a one person show, where there is time but no money to hire out all the techie stuff, the techie stuff can take alot of time and learning to do these things yourself. People get on the internet to market their products and promote their websites to make money, without realizing all the tech requirements involved.

    Just to setup one campaign can involve setting up a website with several pages requiring different imput and forms, autoresponders with mutiple messages, articles, some sort of free offer to get folks to sign up for a mailing list, which has to be setup, and the list just goes on.

    That has been what I have seen that gets folks discouraged mighty fast, including me, but I just keep plugging on.

    Regards,
    Debbie Gragg

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  35. My biggest obstacle is finding/training/trusting other people to do all the things I know I need to do that I never get to. So I just stay stuck and overwhelmed.

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  36. Here is a site I whipped up with my GDI account im no webmaster but im learning. GDI has easy html software if your not ready to use frontpage or the like to build your site. Just take a look, thanks Victor

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  37. Right now my husband is in the hospital with pneumonia. I had bronchitis first and gave it to him. I hope to get back on track in a week or two to find an editor/proofreader job and to do some Internet marketing as well.

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  38. I think the biggest obstacle for me and most others was recognized by Lao Tzu (c. 604 – 531 BC) when he said, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

    I find the indecision about the first step is the most difficult thing to overcome. Once embarked on a path, things can be corrected, adjusted or altered. Nothing works until you take the first step. And fear of taking the wrong step can be powerful deterrent.

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  39. You see that last block,the one with nothing in it?That’s part of the reason right there.Yes, I would like to have a successful business,but I would also like to build my own website.I think that if I cannot build my own website,then I cannot have a successful business.
    A lot of people on here no doubt have quit their day jobs,but I’m not one of them,and then I have other things to do.As they say,”time is of the essence.”Time,something I seem to have so little of,but these are excuses,I admit it.I guess my biggest obstacle is really me.

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  40. Installing the internal marketing systems – writing all of the copy for all of the follow up “drip” emails after someone opts-in. Creating the initial “intro” jv emails. Following up.

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  41. I find that those who are making a lot of money have the secrets, but those of us who do not have money to invest, cannot begin to buy all the extras after we pay for “the most amazing, fool-proof etc etc programs” We then find they are just teasers, and the reality is they tell us we are not committed if we do not find the money somewhere to go forward. We have no lists, no inexpensive way to get them; and no list, no client and no money. Vicious circle. more software, more courses, more e-books,….

    Motivation is great; belief and faith are great.. but they do not BUY lists…

    so, we all keep buying and tell ourselves, this guy is it… the next program will do it…meanwhile, we are spending our money on the programs and not our businesses.. but no one really tells it all in the first course. We are told about after-selling… and that is what is happening to us….we keep buying from those who write the best sales letters (and they hire that out) and we believe this will be the one… nope.. nor the next…

    and this is the positive side of things…our hopes cost us more and more money.

    I am waiting for “the one” and wonder how I will recognize it… I have spent thousands already and all i have are pieces….

    We are looking for someone who has really made it to tell the truth and not back sell those of us who want to back sell all of you… how many of the gurus are buying from us? none, because it is a tight circle of successfuls who promote each others books, courses and ideas. We have may each have one key (of many) to the door…maybe we should band together and become a force to be reckoned with… ha ah..

    No, I am not helpless, or hopeless.. I am well educated, have several business successes, and recently am attempting to divorce the con man who took my money. Starting over is one thing, but on the internet it is only easy for those who have teams of folks to do the stuff we need to do alone, isolated from our peers who are not motivated the way we are or see what we see and cannot get .

    We need direction, not sales letters that try to shame us for not buying the next in a long line of products that only give us one piece of the puzzle for every $199…..

    Where will we find the one who will give us all the pieces and a chance to prove ourselves?

    Perhaps those who have, would consider taking on some who have not, who are motivated and can articulate that, and actually proving it could work with someone who is in a similar boat. if we succeed, we pay… if not, then the course may need some revamping.

    All the sales letters read the same; go on and on: sell one piece and back sell, back sell…those at the top get richer and those at the bottom support the top (just like MLM)

    I like what you say, Rich, but I until I find the one someone who will put all the pieces into one package, and challenge those of us who would make them proud, I am on hold.

    My goal is to make an obscene amount of money so that I can help those who do not have the chances I have had…. and when i do, I will share every little detail with those who want what I do… I can only drive one car, can only make one home at a time, can only eat so much, wear so many clothes at a time, and then that obscene amount had better make a difference in this world, or my efforts will be useless.

    Milliions of dollars do not buy happiness. I am already happy, I drive a nice car, and live in a nice home, have great kids, a doggie who loves me always…but I have no money….and with no money, I cannot do the good i want to in this life.

    all this to say, that problem that holds me back (and reading between the lines above,everyone else) , is that no one sells us all the pieces for a price we can afford….

    so we bumble along like little sheep because those who have the answers, keep them and those of us who crave them, starve while we keep searching.

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  42. What is the biggest thing holding me back? Confusion. I have absorbed so much information that I can’t really put my finger on what is the most important thing to do to get the greatest results.

    If I truly had a road map to success I would follow it! No doubt! But most programs just give me snippets, bits and peices of information leading me to the next course, more money and yet another of the great secrets to success!

    I have implemented many of the SEO and marketing techniques only to run into road blocks that were never talked about. If I could just have three action steps I could take every day that would lead me to success, I would do them! I know myself! I would! I just don’t know where to invest my energy, my time, and my attention.

    Kaleah

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  43. My biggest obstacle is not being able to set my business up on auto-pilot so that I can focus on comming up with and implementing business ideas rather than getting stuck on menial tasks that eat up my time. I would also like to spend more time with my family.

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  44. Rich,

    I’m PUMPED to get momentum going. The only thing holding me back is not knowing what software and techology to use to start my online business and handle the continuity service.

    Butterfly Marketing? Hire a web designer? MarketingMakeoverGenerator?

    Who’s the best of the best in helping people like me set up the technology to sell a continuity product online?

    Thanks Rich. Your information has been fantastic.

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  45. Hi Rich,
    Great content. I just cannot find someone to trust , I need a Sheila and Keith of my own and I’m frustrated with freelancers that dont deliver, have other priorities and just dont seem to care about quality, timelines and delvery.
    Can I borrow Sheila and Keith?
    Rick

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  46. Hi Rich, It was so refreshing to hear your videos, so much so that I now believe that there may be hope for me still.
    My problem Rich, is that there is more than one main problem. I am 4 months into this already and I have gone along with a few so-called guru’s, buying their backend products, only to be put on hold, when I ask for help.
    Still to this day I have not been able to get help to build a landing page, let alone an optin list to create my own customer/client/mailing list. I do have an autoresponder and host, but I don’t know how to set it up even though they have a tutorial for it, it is not so easy, putting it into practice. The last thing is that vertually being coerced into backend products etc. I am now money poor in being able to afford the help I now need to get it all up and running….I seem to be so far away, living here in Australia…Helen

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  47. Rick:

    To tell you the truth, my basic problem is writing compelling sales copy.

    The sales page I’ve got up right now converts at about one sale per 500-700 visitors. Can you help?

    -Floyd

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  48. For me it’s time. I work a full time job and when I come home I usually need some time to relax and or exercise to stay fit.

    After all that I find it hard to get enough energy or momentum to start doing the things I need to do to move my internet business forward.

    Sure, I would love to quit my job and then I would have enough time for my IM pursuits but the cash flow is too good right now and the risk is too great.

    Any comments?

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  49. Hello Rich,

    At 62 and not knowing MicrosoftFrontpage, and never having done any internet marketing, It is a bit of a challenge.

    I want to replace my current commission income with an income from the internet.
    I am hesitant about what to do next, and unsure of what I should be looking at marketing in the first place. E Books is where I am currently heading.

    Regards,

    Brian

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  50. Basic problems.
    Can not afford all of the “Only$97.00 cash for the info”
    Can not get any people to email to
    Lack of computer experience to write a good web page
    The need to find good quality support without the high prices
    After 14 months i am getting further behind in my cash flow
    How can you believe the hype “Make $1,000 over night”?
    All the best
    Derek

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  51. What is the biggest obstacle that is preventing you from gaining the momentum you need to bring your business to the next level?

    I have the overall concept of all the information products and services I want to provide with my online business and the obstacle I keep running in to is the best sequence that these products should be created and the best order of releasing them – The first 15 products/services all seem to be , each as important as the other…and I need to come up with a linear plan to do them one at a time, I can’t work on all 15 at the same time -but each of the products/services seems to be important – I can’t tell which should come first, the chicken or the egg…. These products and services all dove-tail nicely with eachother and they each support eachother. They information products can function alone , but they also build quickly on eachother…. so as soon as a person has one, they will naturally want the others, quite rapidly and I am trying to figure out the best sequence to produce these

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  52. My biggest obstacle is gathering intell on my target audience, which are brick-and-mortar businesses in well-defined categories. I am keen on segmenting candidate targets for the sake of implementing the necessary flexibility on the front end, much as you reveal is necessary in “The Final Chapter.” This, I believe, will make more scientific the reasons why I take one approach versus another with any given segment. Also, I believe this will help me identify those basket cases for whom no marketing will prove effective.

    This is not only a little daunting, but I am not aware of anything beyond trial-and-error that’s proven to make the effort more or less “fool proof.” Any suggestion you might share will be appreciated.

    (Although I have an entrepreneur’s inherent creativity and willingness to act, one thing at a time, I also understand how another’s experience can save someone with less experience much time and aggravation.)

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  53. I feel I need to know everything before I jump in, I am starting to feel even though I am on a limited income and am new to all this, that I just have to get in and swim. I think you have helped me to do that Rich, so thank you.
    Ps. I could’nt get the video to play either, but was impressed by everyone’s blogs.
    Pixie.

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  54. I’m a newbie and I’ve gotten so much info on how where and what to do that it’s a task in itself to sort out all this stuff and get working.

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  55. Rich,
    I realize after spending thousands of dollars on different web based businesses over the years(about 7 years), to say I have learned a tremendous amout is an understatment. I still have the same fulltime job that I had back then and have for 17 years. I realise that I did not treat any of those opportunities with the same intention as I treated my full time job. As you know in a business startup it takes more time and intention in the begining. I was not willing to engage at that level because I wanted it easy. I did not want to work hard for something that was going to bring in next to nothing, to throwing money at it to force it to work.
    Rich, I want to have a vision of what can be possible in an online business. I don’t want an Internet business guru telling me how much he or she has made so I get giddy and throw money their way also. Very few of those that claim they have made it really state what it has taken to get there.

    I guess I really want honesty and a plan that really works like no kidding. I know what is possible, I can follow a plan.

    Thanks for letting me vent a little, you should have seen what I erased!

    Thanks and I look forward to what you have to say.

    Regards,
    Ron Szasz

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  56. My problem is how to present my information in a manner that is more valuable to the consumer than what they are paying. This is my goal; to give more will be the most valuable tool for my business. I am in information only. I have a bottomless pit of valuable information for individuls and want to compile ebooks to help others. How isn’t my problem…WHAT …is. What do you put in and what do you leave out? For example I wrote a test run ….How to walk past the dishes and not do them…… how much information is needed in such an ebook? What is enough? If I put this together with other topics at a resonable price, is that then good value? In other words my question is …what determines good value for money in the arena of information?
    p.s the test run for my writing….my kids suggested, something I was an expert at! 🙂

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  57. My big constraints are- inability to spend enough time doing what I need to do to get it done (interruptions, easier to be distracted as I get older), lack of funds, program to follow, need of detailed instructions. These are in order from most important to least.

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  58. Hi Rich, the thing that I’am trying to get a better understanding is the legal side of the online marketing I guess you can say the do and don’t sort of things that I one should be aware of.
    If you can address this aspect of the business I would appreciate very much.

    regards, Chris

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  59. Me and life were getting in my way. But after seeing the video I am 100% more focused and now it is on to building my list with the systems I have in place. I guess just getting started was my biggest problem, now I need to drive traffic to my site. It is time to build the list with the articles I have written so far. So tomorrow is a new day and I am going to take action!

    Thanks again for the great videos!

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  60. I am ready to go…got all the information….got lots of membership sites to give away…..BUT… I dont know how to FTP them to my web site. I have a ton of ebooks to sell…same thing… dont know how to put them on my web site to sell them….

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  61. I don’t know if you’ll get all the way to comment #79 but…

    I loved the video. It got me thinking about all sorts of possibilities. I suppose the stage I’m at is figuring out what I can uniquely offer the market. . .

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  62. My biggest hold up is not knowing where to or how to build or find a lead cpture page. Either that or finding a script that I can add into a sales letter that has the lead capture thing embedded into it, and how to connect that script to a data base to collect all the info, that is if I had the script in the first place.

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  63. Biggest obstacle: help. I know what I need to do, at least to get a few things up to standard. It’s that org chart with one name that you showed in your presentation, Rich, where each new project, client, task and idea gets thrown in to the mix and endangers or further crowds those already in progress or on the drawing board. Ideas flow fast and furiously; implementation is quite another story.

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  64. Whats stopping me is a thing called money. In which i have exactly none. Maybe you can help me.I can be your (test) subject .How i went from zero to being a huge success with your mentoring.I cant begin to tell you how many storys i’ve read like this.Who knows,maybe there is a difference between fantasy and reality when it comes to making money online.I just have not seen it (money) yet.

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  65. What is the biggest obstacle that is preventing you from gaining the momentum you need to bring your business to the next level?

    Thanks Rich for the webinar and the downloads.

    My biggest obstacle is focus. I am taking steps right now to change my hours at work. I will work 6pm to 5am Wed through Sun so I have the weekday time to commit, and focus, on my business.

    Thanks again

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  66. The main obstacle to growing my business is that I don’t have one, not yet. I’ve been self employed for 35 years, and my health has been an obstacle for the last 12 years, 4 car accidents. I’ve been doing as much home study as I can while still scratching out a living, and I’m very keen on marketing alternative energy appliances, as well as creating an information product, and finally, I want to write a racey blog. But, as I’ve listened to your description of an entrepreneur, my husband and I decided he is definitely an employee, and I am definitely the entrepreneur. But, I’m not so inspired by the opportunities I have, maybe I’m really kidding myself. I’ve been helping other people make money, grow their businesses for 35 years. I did more of this when I was 30 than I do now, and my clients were all very successful (mostly restaurant business). I guess I’m really wondering if I fit in to this marketing role. I’m a Mac consultant, I don’t do web, but I can. I also build custom business and accounting apps, but relying on my own time for money has left me nearly destitute. I need to break out of this spiral! I guess encouragement is all you could offer.

    One thing I do want to say. I have a lot of experience with business world types, mentors, business consultants, coaches, accountants, sales people, marketing gurus. Your video was so well done. You’re a great presenter, besides you have really thought this out and you know it really well. I trust you!

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  67. Hi Rich. Can’t thank you enough for sharing so much, so well. For me it boils down to belief. I learn, I study, I get information constipation and analysis paralysis. This keeps me leapiing in, both feet. It’s putting all the responsibility and risk on myself that trips me up. I believe in my heart though, that I can overcome this, especially since I’m staring it down this time. I’ve heard about that these walls are just made of paper and I can bust through them…trouble is my lack of faith & belief. It hurts to think that I may not be the entrepreneur I’ve always dreamt of becoming. But I refuse to give up ’cause I’m closer to that jumping off point than I’ve ever been. My wife doubts me, as do my children…and frankly I don’t blame them. I’m all show and no go. How do I break out of this vicious cycle? I know I have to make it life or death. My job keeps me too comfortable, which doesn’t help matters. I want to fly with eagles like you, Yanik, Jim, Dan, Bill and Michael M. and I’m tired of being a chicken. What do I do to push myself over the edge? Thank you again. You’re a true servant.

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  68. Just like everyone else my sticking point is lack of finance and a plan of attack. With all the information out there and everyone wanting your attention it is shall I say a little overwhelming. Tight budget means learning everything yourself and then putting it all together and hoping you get it right. All of your info to date has been on the money. It’s just getting it all in order and hitting the button. Thank you for your insight.

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  69. Was unable to play the video. My dial up modem couldn’t handle it. Is there any way you could put this report out in Pdf? Thanks. Doug

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  70. The idea is working – funding is tough but we will get there. need to hire more staff to accomplish the tasks (this week). Good news is lots of work on the table. Just starting to move ahead, Growth in the last year has been amazing.
    Thanks again
    Kathleen

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  71. 1. Money
    2. Website development knowledge
    I’ve spent the day working on a web page to add to my website (under construction) and I cannot get the frontpage document from my documents folder where I saved it to editing/working on website pages area where webmasters go to put up these pages. Filed it wrong? Can’t find a way to change that. I have two frontpage books, hopefully I can figure it out before the year is out. And lack of money to get things hopping is definately a problem too. My webmaster got my entire last paycheck.

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  72. Rich, I have an info marketing start-up. What’s blocking momentum is a lack of a clear daily plan of action that produces immediate revenue. Plus the lack of a thick back end with sufficient profits.

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  73. Our biggest obstacle to gaining supersonic momentum, right now is MONEY.. Just like most people, because we spend lots of time on the tasks that could be outsourced (like email support) we don’t spend the required time on the things that will gives $$..

    Thanks for all you are doing.

    Michelle 🙂

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  74. The Web-site above is one that my wife and I started a Year ago. Anyway to the Question? The biggest problem that I have found, (and I have been studing this thing called Internet Marketing for about 3 Years now) I have noticed that there is no clear defined product out there that will allow you to go from start to finish. I know that there are products/ebooks etc, but they only give you a peice of the picture here and a peice of the picture there. I would like to see someone produce something that will give the full picture all in one product/ebook.

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  75. Skill and idea to make myself expert in something,to prove it to others in unique way and organize my biz. I have a site with some adsense success but can’t quit my job yet.I will never quit online business and I will make it some day.

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  76. My problem is information overload and allowing my self to become mired down in it. There is a lot of good information out there but you can drown in it. I am one of those people that has been spending time and money to get even more and more information.
    I think the Guru’s think we already know the A, B, C’s but many of us do not. I have yet to find something that will take you by the hand starting from scratch, kind of like a paint by number system.
    I know that I have to cut through this information and settle on something and make it work.
    Rich Wilson

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  77. Hi Rich,
    I haven’t watched the video yet but my problem in a word is FOCUS. Or lack there of.
    Information overload is part of it. For two years I have been studying. I have a hardrive full of ebooks, but still don’t have a working website. I am trying.
    Thanks,
    Gary H

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  78. Hi Rich

    I am your die hard fan from toronto and i keep watching your videos
    constantly.It is really priceless treasure and the power of outsourcing
    is amazing until you know the secrets and you have revealed it to the
    World.My above site is going live in 2-3 days and i implemented your
    teachings to get things done and even my site starts up to freedom
    and it rocks too.Please critique it Sir. Keep up the great work and
    we all are there to follow your footsteps.

    God Bless You

    Jumaani

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  79. I guess my biggest obstacle is getting started to get started. I know that is a weird statement but , at some point I need to learn how to start putting all the information that I have received and read into motion.
    Thanks,
    Charles Richardson

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  80. Rich,
    I have been extremely empowered by your frank and straightforward content and instruction. Most impactful is my sense of your sincere desire to lead people into the reality of what it takes to make an business successful. I struggle with the ADD issues of wanting to do so many things that I get distracted from what my major strength is, that of interacting with people and selling them on my service and products. I waste time trying to learn how to set up a website, do Adsense, and many other tactical projects instead of focusing building a team to help. I know what I want my business to look like, feel like, and give; I just am having difficulty putting together the strategic plan neccesary to get me to fulfillment.

    Thank you for your great content and heart!!

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  81. It’s all about Time and the effective use there of.
    Right now, it’s about the time to put in trying to gather up some investment capital once again. Then time to learn from mistakes and/or study something new. Time to put things in place and do the experiementation and risk taking. Time to stop and smell the roses and hold my children. So I will take some time to prioritise my time in order to get more of it and the most out of it.
    Money begets money. So it would be real nice to hear solutions that focus on those who be-getting none of it quite yet.

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  82. MONEY!

    Not enough budget to outsource… not enough time to do everything… and, with very few sales… my own time is worth $0-10 per hour (i.e. I am financially better off to do as much as I can do myself).

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  83. I’m stuck in beginner mode. Spent 1 year buying ebooks studying the concepts and even bought a website but got stuck trying to upload it to the servers and ultimately the web. My off line business is a small window cleaning company that I was going to sell, until I heard a part of your video. Now my wheels are spinning on how to become free from that business and still receive an income. Thanks.

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  84. Hey Rich,

    Your latest video is not rocket science rather it is really quite simple but…
    While watching it my brain felt like it was sent into orbit with a huge blast of the after burners. Really good stuff.

    So what’s the hurdle for me? It’s finding that one little thing, that one click, that one list building secret, that one ebook to promote, that will start the snowball rolling. Things are moving in the right direction, but as you say, getting the momentum is what we need.

    Ocha

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  85. Hmmm… That’s a tough one. I suppose because I can’t zero on one thing it must be focus. I just love it when I’m in the “ZONE” however it’s not often enough. I am at the startup stage so I’m stuck at step one. I have most of the qualities of what it takes to be an entrepeneur but I’m spinning my wheels identifying what I have to offer and self-belief.

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  86. For those who struggle with traffic…It is not that hard. You need to find where the people who are looking for what you have are hiding out online.

    Traffic is usually the biggest killer for most people. not just traffic but TARGETED traffic… I use 43 methods that are proven and are current..feel free to click on my name to solve that problem…This info was not to be released until march 5th but I really felt bad for those who struggle getting traffic…so you get a special gift by accessing this today…

    Blessings

    Sam

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  87. My biggest problem right now seems to be
    a marketing plan that would generate the
    prospects I need. In turn creating a cash
    flow that would help me to have a state of
    momentum.

    Thanks In Advance
    Chuck Dillon

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  88. Even eagles need a push! We need someone to push us along,
    to be made accountable and the best way is to work as a team
    where your team will ask you “have you done what you said you
    will be doing?”

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  89. Find me targeted traffic to my website that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and I will surely start that climb to the top of the Internet Mountain. Free optimization tatics and list building takes time and work.

    And tell Mark to check these links out – MoneyPumps is totally free – http://tinyurl.com/2nmg9w

    JamesMax – caring, sharing and mentoring

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  90. Hey Rich,

    Tremendous stuff mate. I have just sold my fitness club http://www.harbourfitness.com and are in the process of tying up loose ends. Once that’s finalised I’m into the new challenges.

    My next project is to become pro active in internet marketing and learning the skills of a copy writer.I have just received Michael Masterson’s “Six Figure Income” package and of course his masters series. I am also waiting on a delivery of “Instant Internet Income” ordered on the 16th February. That gives me plenty to do. So much to learn, so little time. Your stuff arrived by e a couple of days ago and I just had to have a piece of your action. I listened to your 90 minute audio twice Sunday and there is plenty of powerful stuff to integrate into my learning. If anyone’s selling human brains I’ll take one and put it to work while this one sleeps. Or better still, isn’t it about time sleep was made obsolete. Have we got Ray kurzweil and all the other science geniuses working on that project? New knowledge is happening exponentially. I need the power of Neo’s brain from the Matrix. Roll on Nano medicine, nano technology, and Biological Immortality. We are living in exciting times. Keep it rolling Rich you’re a legend mate. Visit my web sites http://www.sellgreatdomains.com http://www.greatestairlines.com http://www.marketgreece.com e me [email protected]

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  91. Wow! What is holding me back is just what everyone else has said before me…information overload, money, focus, time – and someone to take me by the hand and show me what to do. Like many above, I have been studying IM for many months and can’t seem to get off the ground – finding a niche market is a big obstacle – there are so many, it is overwhelming. I have spent a lot of money on the guru products and all of them say “This is IT.” So, I just delete most of them now, except yours and a couple of others. I am SO looking forward to your coaching program – getting a system in place and outsourcing are key….
    God Bless You,
    Mary

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  92. The main obstical I believe is retarding my growth to the next level is that i am finalcially strapped to get the people in place so I am not doing everything myself.

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  93. this website is not launched yet, we will be publishing in about a week. It is in conjunction with the publishing of a new book that is going to make world history – come to the website and buy it. I want to make sure we have the paypal set up correctly, the security site to make the website secure and the tracking site to count the millions of hits we are going to get. Any suggestions. I also want to know how fast the turnaround time should be for sending out a package. Also policies for shipping, returns, etc. Do I just look at another popular sight and change it to fit mine or what. We are so excited. Come visit us. First make suggestions to do it right.
    Thanks,
    mam

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  94. Rich,

    Thank you for sharing the video with us. After watching it and thinking things through, there are several constraints presently holding me back.

    1) Changing my mindset from one of “being in business for myself” to the “entrepreneur”.

    2) Delegation. I have delegated some tasks, but I have not been able to delegate all that needs to be delegated. I recognize that part of it is due to not having the right person to delegate responsibilities to and part of it is not training the person for the task. The training and delegation issue go straight back to my mission statement and vision not being as clear as they need to be.

    3) Policy Constraints. I have mentioned before that as a licensed professional, there are many ethical and legal constraints I have to operate within. This situation also has some potential benefits as well. Being a licensed professional also grants the status of ‘expert’. I now have the challenge of how to use the expert role in a creative manner. After mentioning this to you and receiving an answer, I have began rethinking ways ways to make it work to my advantage and have some new ideas that will soon be in place. My situation is one common among licensed professions (physicians, counselors, etc.). Governmental bodies have put restraints on some areas of business that stifle competition in the traditional sense. Given those constraints, one has to find ways to make those very restraints work for them.

    Thank you for your interest in identifying constraints. I hope that my response helps you and others.

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  95. Rich… great question to ask.

    My biggest constraints: internally, it’s confidence and externally it’s my environment.

    I’ve made a lot of progress over the last year building confidence and reshaping my environment –especially the people I give my personal and business attention to.
    I’ve found those two to be my biggest drivers to success and what I need to focus on to push forward.

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  96. Great videos – thanks 🙂

    1. Immediate capital (ie 3-6 months) for start-up phase.
    2. Adequate market research to identify the right money-making opportunity.

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  97. am into affiliate marketing,but not got there yet,in sales that is, its all about keywords,i had 3goals in life to make it internet marketing. 1 affiliate. 2 resale rights. 3 to give up my job working 12hours a day that sucks.so i will make it into
    marketing one day. we all dream.

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  98. New to all this not really knowing where to start and what to start with !! what type of product to sell . It’s like a information overload . I Don’t have any buisness yet just really trying hard to understand everything that is required to get started , how much $$$, Time and all that stuff DTW great vid!!!
    Jason

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  99. Good-day Rich,
    My biggest obstacle, to put it bluntly, has been an over-load
    of half-baked info, that reads excellent on paper,looks excellent on the DVDs
    and really not functional otherwise.
    Your heavens-sent material, free as it is, has catapulted me from the realm
    of a grasshopper to a clearity of a goal.
    May I please shout from the roof-tops, I owe you an enormous debt.
    Best regards to you and your staff.

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  100. “Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread”
    Most of the info is very general, and seems to be slanted to telling people how to sell more junk on the internet, there is already far to much.
    There are no genuine products, income is not derived from productivity.
    Everyone has the “SECRET”, they can sell you. I don’t believe there is one.
    I don’t want to make money out of desperate people trying to get ahead, and actually giving them an even bigger problem, by relieving them of what money they have..
    Words, words & more words, just nothing tangible.

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  101. Rich,
    For me, the answer is simple. Where to begin. I, like many Internet newbies have invested lots of money on lots of products and programs. It is starting to become a little clearer which ones are where I should start, but it it still hard to know where the Best place is to start. Is it traffic, is it SEO, is it Adsense, PPC, Private Label Products, Product Creation and Launch, Membership Sites…and on and on. I know you advise getting the business basics in order (I am in one of your programs), but I actually could use some quick revenue flow as well.

    Thanks Rich,
    Jim

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  102. My biggest problem is focus. How do you focus on the one thing that is going to make a real difference in cash flow?
    I am passionate about too many subjects so I would think that a series of niche sites would be just right for me, but instead I have a site cluttered with too many topics.

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  103. I remember Tony Robbins telling me that making a decision to take action takes seconds however the preparation to make that decision can sometimes take a lifetime. This thought came to my mind when thinking about how to answer your question on what is stopping me from gaining momentum. I believe I have more than enough information to start the company I ultimately desire however the truth I’ve had to face is that I have not obviously made THE Decsion. to begin that journey of a thousand miles that begins with one step.
    I am not trying to be philosophical and avoid the question it just seems that is truly boils down to making a decision. The word decision is derived from the Latin word, “decisio” which literally means to “cut off”. In my case it would mean to cut off from any other possibility. In other words, Just Do It!

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  104. I just love what you said in your talk and I agree that I can not do it all. I am not able to offload work because I have a cash flow problem not because I think I need to do it all – in fact I would say that now I am moving at a snails pace and not being very efficient either.
    But I have a Very small list and no sales to speak of. My site is produced professionally by Spokennetwork (I think you know Paul) and I am looking forward to moving to the next stage and making plans for reducing my work load.
    You are an inspiration to me.. Thanks

    Sandie Hardman
    http://www.getabook.us

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  105. Am totally, utterly new to the internet work opportunity. Get flumoxed with all the jargon, and being in New Zealand have a concern what will and what won’t work her.

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  106. time, or the lack thereof, holds many of us back. Having more money we could “buy time” by hiring; I’d love to be hiring. I’m particularly interested in your spinning-gold -from-proper-focus ideas. I could relate to your story of having too many (all perfectly good) priorities!

    Perhaps if I take one priority and turn it into enough income to hire someone else to do one other priority, and so on… thanks for the vid.

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  107. My biggest problem is cash flow. Projects are in the pipeline. There are a few receivables but we can’t keep the money flowing enough to reinvest in back into the business. By the time checks do come in, we’re backlogged on bills and late fees. As a result, we can’t afford to hire help or assistance. It’s a seriously vicious cycle we’re in.

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  108. Lack of, what I call, basics. How to develop simple web sites, affliate programs,
    and use of autoresponders are a few of the things I need to learn.
    I am working to learn what it takes to advance while at the same time I’m
    recovering from a stroke. All good things take time.
    In this business, it is easy to be led astray when looking for direction.
    Your material is very helpful.

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  109. My biggest obstacle has been learning how to build a website. I was downsized and out of work for 2 years. I am finally back to work (after losing everything I worked so hard for). My current job is at half the pay and working 50-60 hours a week. So, I can’t afford to outsource and every moment that I am not at work I am watching videos, reading ebooks and experimenting with a free hosting program to get a site up and running. So I guess it boils down to lack of knowledge, lack of funds and information over load. The energy and focus are definitely there.

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  110. I am stuck, like most of my friends there, on basic mechanics of setting up and managing my web sites. I cannot do it all myself and need help on basics.
    Getting started is the real problem, not only with but most like me! Thanks.

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  111. Seems like really valuable information and I’m dying to see the video in it’s entirety.

    I’m having real difficulty viewing the video, I’ve tried accessing it every day almost twice a day since you released it just to try an get a good video feed (thought maybe there was high internet traffic which was causing the problem). Weird because the first video I had no problem at all with viewing it.

    I watched as much as I could with it stopping every 5 seconds to rebuffer (which drove me insane!) and then gave up after wasting 2hrs watching only 30 mins.

    I’ve now turned to listening to the full MP3 and it finishes early – sounds like there should be a reference to something?? dunno?

    Also I have no idea where or how to sign up for your coaching program or whatever it is you offer…

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  112. I am new at this. I have tried quite of bit of these and they don’t work. At least not for me. Not understanding, lack of money etc…. I have been unemployed for 2 months, don’t have the funds for all the tool, memberships and affiliate fees it finally shows it takes to really be able to maybe drive the traffic for possibly earning any income at all. I have put out thousands and thousands of dollars and have yet to even get back even the amount I have paid out. I am currently tapped out and have been trying to get someone to do a joint venture with me that has not even materialized. I am about to be evicted and have my car repo’d in about a week, no one cares and that’s not your problem. You wanted my comments and here they are. Thanks anyways.

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  113. Here’s my answer to your question, (“What’s stopping {me} from taking my business to the next level?”)
    “$”! I ain’t got none! That’s why I started to check out these deals. To try to get some. When’s the last time you had to “live”, on $119.00/month? (Luckily, meals & laundry are included.)

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  114. Rich, thanks for the video which is very rich in content.

    I think the biggest obstacle is my time management and lack of effective system.

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  115. As someone currenting working in retail, my biggest obstacle is myself. I have spent 12 months training in massage therapy and wish to pursue this field. Leaving secure employment and jumping out of the comfort zone into a new field, starting from scratch is a major obstacle. Learning how to do this successfully and profitably would be a huge bonus, especially with limited finances.

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  116. The thing stopping one from making the living he wants to live the life he wants is too much information…info overload, too many choices, too many people to listen to, too many experts & even not knowing after all that, whether to stay in what business you are in now or change course to something more fullfilling…”although we live in an information age, it is actually a double edged sword…”
    We must be ~focused~ on the steps one at a time…
    & knowing what they are in the RIGHT ORDER is critical.

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  117. Present condition:
    Me and my wife are working fulltime averaging 60 hours a week.

    Goal:
    To build an online business successful enough to support my family.

    Whats holding me back?

    (1) Too BUSY on work, no time, cant quit job to start being an entrepreneur. This is probably an excuse… I wish I can tell myself to go for it!
    (2) No FOCUS. I keep thinking about this when I am at work. When I get home I’m too exhausted I cannot think anymore.
    (3) No ACTION. Reading other blogs like blog.guykawasaki.com, http://www.shoemoney.com, and your blog makes me more busy and exhausted to get started. Please don’t get me wrong… I love reading these blogs.
    (4) Lack of Market. I don’t know, maybe my niche is too narrow compared to shoemoney’s ringtones.

    Whats driving me crazy?

    The fact that I already know whats holding me back and then I still can’t find a way to make it work.

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  118. Dear Rich,
    The biggest obstacle is myself – still trying to do too many things myself – frustrated that the task of delegating tasks is taking too long to finish since there are so many tasks – learning curve on the art of hiring – finally admiting to myself that I can master any task but I don’t need to and that it is ok for others to do the grunt work and it is OK for me to shine in what I am passionate about – idea development…
    Sunita

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  119. What is the biggest obstacle that is preventing you from gaining the momentum you need to bring your business to the next level?

    From the question one can assume that before you take the business to the next level by acquiring momentum one must first have a clear and definite plan to START-UP! That is the one thing that I believe most of us will have to research, finding a market niche. We can search for trends, and since most people starting up will begin with these, than one should apply what was learned from your video and identify a pressing need and formulate an irresistible offer. My biggest obstacle is that I am now ready to get started I just need to identify a market niche. I will follow Nike’s motto, “Just do It!”

    thanks for the great information, now I know why a lot of great opportunities get sold out. Not to worry though, they will offer it again. That is the plan of the great ones, reciprocity. I will jump on the next wagon with entreprenurial spirit and dive into the big opportunities of this great information age.

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  120. Hey Rich,
    My biggest hurdle to overcome seems to be time management.

    As you probably already know, copywriting and product creation takes quite a chunk out of a busy work day.

    Probably should focus more on my goals and kill the time bandits who are constantly robbing me blind.

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  121. MR RICH ……………………

    Your videos sure do take folks FAR further than most in shedding a little light on the path we should take.

    BUT you also now ask “What is holding you back?”.

    Now that is one hell of a question.

    OK, you asked for it:

    What we need is “THE DEATH OF THE PERPETUAL NEWBIE”

    Here is what I mean:

    The nightmare that dogs most people wanting to get into this business is being a perpetual newbie …

    I did this for YEARS:

    It is much easier to keep buying / reading / watching new material on Internet Marketing than actually doing something about it.

    Worse still, distant greener fields are constantly beckoning.

    Oh yes, it is important to stick to one’s strengths, and stay focused on one thing at a time.

    But which thing to choose?

    Build a list?
    Google Cash?
    Adsense Blogs?
    Membership sites?
    Doing JVs?
    Click Flipping?
    CPA Networks?
    Specialize in Traffic?
    Adwords driven affilate websites?
    Adsense driven by article traffic?
    Writing and selling an Ebook?
    Publicity driven sales online?
    Promoting Software?
    Leveraging YouTube?
    Be a MySpace Cash Bunny?
    Replicate a Web 2 site?
    Do teleseminars?
    Consult?
    Speak?
    Be a paid copywriter?
    Buy & Sell Domains?
    Dominate EBay?
    Promote Big Ticket items?
    Sell Home business Ops?
    Market with Postcards?
    Build a biz by referrals?
    Do motivational Videos
    Personal development Guru?
    Non IM NIche marketing?
    One of 100 other things?

    This is the ghastly and confusing dilemma faced by people entering the field. And each darned marketer involved promotes their particular business model as the best and ONLY field to be in!

    I emerged from this fog quite some time back OK, by picking just TWO suited to my nature, but even having just two creates a slightly Schitzophrenic existence.
    However I am not sitting around like the donkey standing around saucer-eyed amongst 7 juicy haystacks and starving to death because it does not know which one to choose.

    This I believe is the main problem facing newbies: From the myriad field of attractive and exciting choices, which one to do? Which one will suit my strengths? What to focus on?

    This is the HOT ISSUE for which many would love some clarity – so if you would pull the rabbit out of the hat please Sir it would attract sustained applause!

    Better still, if you can sort this out Rich, you are likely to double your fortune from one $Billion to two $Billion.

    Onwards, onwards

    My best
    Jonathan Gunson

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  122. I feel so lazy to even start my own list.
    I mean, I am good at creating my own website from scratch. And also my current job is holding me back too. Mind you, I am working from 7am – 7pm daily from Monday to Saturday. Urgh.. there’s gotta be something better than this.

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  123. My niche is making a living in Africa.
    The main obstacle I’m facing (as I believe many other entrepreneurs in Africa do) is getting access to an Internet Merchant Account locally.
    Local banks don’t offer it (not outside South Africa), Paypal doesn’t recognize most African addresses …
    If we can solve this problem, a logjam can be cleared for lots of great businesses ..
    WimF

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  124. Difficulty in accepting online credit card payments in Indonesia and general fulfilment problems, plus getting competent suppliers to do things on time, it really is an up hill struggle. Cash flow.

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  125. Great information Rich. I definitely think this information is what entrepreneurs need to think about BEFORE starting any business.

    As for obstacles to momentum, it’s having enough resources (cash!) to keep up the marketing for our startup business.

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  126. Main obstacle is gaining clarity of goals; big picture stuff. And that stems from being out of touch with core internals. How do you dig that out? I can define huge fix the world sort of goals, but they’re more wishes. How do they get moderated to intermediate steps? And are these really from my heart goals or only from what other people want?

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  127. After over 2 years jumping from one thing to
    the other, i finally realized my mistakes
    (thanks to rich) and last week i finally
    finish a website that i can now start marketing.

    My biggest obstical now are people. Because i,m sick
    of doing it all myself. Finding the right people , once thats
    done, guess it will be converting visitors into $$

    Thanks Rich. I’ve unsubscribed to a ton of guru’s out their
    bar the odd one. You are are one of the few that actually
    have helped me. Not sold me. So i really enjoy seeing you name
    in my inbox – wish i was more often.

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  128. Rich, I don’t have my web site up yet. I’m still trying to filter and absorb all the information that you and other masters of the internet are sending me. I’m starting to reach a point where I will pull the trigger and make the necessary changes after I get on line. It’s funny, but through AWAI I came upon Stephen Covey and read his book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. Because of limited financial resources, I have not opted to secure valuable information, under false pretenses, from you and your successful counterparts, only to return them because I was “not satisfied”. It will take a while longer, but I won’t forget you and the others for the help you have given me to get started.

    Thanks again,
    Jack

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  129. Hello Rich,

    Since my last post. I watched your momentum video. All I can say is WOW! You know I really expected to click on the link in the e-mail you sent, and be sent to a sales page where I would have to pay to see this module, and was I surprised when I arrived at the page and the video was there, and had started before I even got my headphones on.

    Thank you for providing an education that I could take advantage of right here in my home office chair.

    Regards,
    Debbie Gragg

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  130. Biggest obstacle is not having an A to Z Plan that works, and not having the resources to buy one (if one exists). The Gurus will sell you anything fot $197 to $497, but to really show someone the ropes they want $2,000 to $5,000. That’s how they “Get Rich On The InterNet”.

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  131. I think you pretty answered all the questions I wanted to ask in the video.

    There is only so much one can learn, the rest is the EXECUTION. My main obstacle is having to struggle to keep the faith over time that my project will get done.

    Second and final obstacle is not being able to work out my ‘sales funnel’ for my product line in an optimal way. I’m always second guessing myself if I’m developing products that don’t sell. Do you have a system that you might created from experience?

    Thanks again for the video

    Laurence

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  132. Hi Rich,
    I absolutely LOVED the video – you’re covering real, important stuff, for free, that none of the other gurus appear to have even thought of! Or do they all know it and are keeping it to themselves? You’ve inspired me to really go for it, despite my wife’s indulgent sigh every time I mention setting up a business, as I really feel I can trust you to help sensibly and effectively. More to the point, I can tell you know what you’re talking about and I’m hopeful you wouldn’t leave out important aspects for back-end sales.
    Frankly I’m a little nervous that you’re such a high-flier that I may never get up to the level where I can use your brilliant material!
    As to your question – I have plenty of imagination and ability but, like many of the others above, I’ve spent all my spare cash trying to work out the business model from the position of prospect or customer. I’m clearly just part of the solution for the IM gurus I come across but it would help a lot if they could be my solution for a change.
    What I need is a sensible plan for starting up which will help me to settle on a business that I would enjoy running, based on my interests and skills, and to find a business model which is effective, reasonably easy and, above all, ethically solid – I also have no desire to make money peddling false hope to desperate people – which then moves on into productive, structured help on use of time, legal requirements, outsourcing tips, etc. etc.
    I absolutely have to find a program which will fund itself as it moves forwards – at the moment ready cash is extremely hard to find.
    Perhaps you could write a book – you know, a regular paper book – which we could work through at our own pace. Thanks again, Geoff

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  133. What’s preventing me from moving is the fact that you so called Gurus don’t tell the truth. YOu all claim you have the answers but keep selling these books that have partial answers only. Example – When you buy a car, the user guide hand book inside the glove compartment has ALL the details of how the car runs…not just part of the details. So, why can’t you guys write one book that has it all ?
    Instead of “sections” …forcing me to make a decision on what is the correct book ? Can’t you come up with a residual format product instead of bits n pieces of unfulfilled promises ?

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  134. Hi rich,

    Great video. biggest challenge is finding and getting the A players on board. Period.
    If I can do this I’ll be a happy man.

    Chris

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  135. I have many products and services but no marketing system. MY list does not respond to offers and my sites get little traffic. I am not sure I am sending the right message in the right medium to reach the right people. I know that I need to market differently to moms in their 20s, in their 30s and in thier 40s but not how to do so effectively.

    I need a funnel process that works, i.e., a marketing system.

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  136. My biggest challenge is staying focused on one project and overall goal and not being distracted by new opportunities that arise before I’ve finished previous projects.

    Also I’ve been working hard to remove myself from day to day business operations which I see as critical to growing the business.

    Great videos and a great looking program thus far!

    Thanks,
    Todd Dickerson
    jetpacked.com

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  137. Hi Rich,

    I have a couple of obstacles. Like Simon, financial constraints. I’m unable to put money into my business right now until I make some money. Also, information overload. I find myself becoming distracted by all the information coming at me from different sources and sorting it all out.

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  138. For me Rich, I need a plan, process or system so I can leave out the bombardment from all sides and resist the temptation to skip from expert to expert, focus and get on with it. For me it summarizes it all.

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  139. My obstacle is in getting started actually, it’s not in gaining momentum. You’ve said in your video that this takes hard work. And right now, between work and family I don’t have the time to put in the hard work. So, I won’t start something I can’t finish. Thanks!

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  140. I have seen, heard of and worked with many, many people becoming self employed and there is one thing I see over and over again (and I am guilty of this) that holds people back.

    When you first start out, any money is “good money”.

    For example, let’s say you decide to be a business coach, (just like Rich). You advertise, go to networking meetings, but nothing clicks.

    Then a friend says, “hey – you’re really good at woodwork – I’ll pay you to build a fence”. Of course, any money is better than no money, so you build a fence.

    Then another friend asks you to do some writing… “Sure, you’re getting paid right?”. And then another gig comes up accounting. And then fiiiiinally, a couple of coaching jobs.

    The problem NOW is that you have just enough income to squeak by, BUT you are a number-crunching, woodworking, wordsmith AS WELL as being a coach.

    Now you have too many irons in too many fires to call it (them?) a “business”. You can’t drop any of the “extras” for fear of losing the income – and you don’t have enough time to build the core business you originally planned to do…

    Been there, done that, got the t-shirt, bought the ebook/course/video, watched others make the same mistake.

    Care to chip in on this one Rich? How do you start and build without loosing focus or loosing your house?

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  141. The lack of precise, pointed, to the point answers and ideas. I seem to be all over with many ideas and information coming at me. I can’t seem to narrow it down and settle on one strategy. And a bit more finances would help a bit.

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  142. My biggest obstacle is the lack of available financing. I whole-heartedly agree with Colleen, as I too have spent thousands of dollars getting started, a few times, however, the money always runs out before the profits start coming in. I am an affiliate marketer and it’s not enough for someone to just give you a “free” website…because you are still responsible for advertising that site and let’s face it, without the financial resources to adequately advertise, getting quality traffic is an uphill battle. And yes, I am currently using some of the “free” traffic generators.

    Rich, we are all obviously desireous of a better life for ourselves and our families and if you can truly help, it would be greatly appreciated.

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  143. Hi Rich

    I guess I am taking the slow approach. I have selected a topic of interest, created a free report, set up an auto responder series, set up my domain, set up my landing page, setup my blog, setup a multipage website, linked everything together to build a list, established a support team with weekly meetings. Now I am stock piling resources for information sharing and affiliate sales. Also setting up a forum for communication and collaboration for people on my list. set up a squidoo lense to focus on my area of interest and my site links. Still learning as I go including your video series….thanks.

    I kinda started with Ed and Frank’s 30 day challange last July and have been slowly learning and building ever since. There has been some cost involved for the domain and the aweber account but I am learning from the ground up and in time I will have sales to start brining in cash.

    I only watched your video once and I need to go back and spend more time reviewing the steps and how to impliment them in my project.

    You see My goal for now is to learn, apply and grow. Then share, sell and produce income. After I get to that level then I can outsource, manage and attain freedom.

    I don’t have a strict time line as yet but then I am a stroke survivor and since my stroke I only have one speed…Slow!

    I have incorporated my journey into my mental therapy routine so I have to exercise every day.

    A slow daily routine will get me to my goals. Just like the grand canyon was carved over time, goals are accomplished over time.

    TY 4 the Opportunity to share.

    Smiles :o)

    Gary

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  144. Hi and thanks for asking !!

    More than one! Focus, Money, Alzeimers. I live alone in a new location, friends annd relatives are 700 miles away. Need more time.

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  145. Hello Rich:

    “THANKS” for your vision and how it can be “worked”!

    My biggest obstacle is having a ‘day-by-day’ methodical plan and a way to put together the ‘pieces of the online marketing’ puzzle’!! I believe I now understand what is needed, but I think I lack certain ‘key’ elements that will make it work.

    I am now re-reviewing my resources and getting rid of perceived ‘hype’ and keeping ‘sound’ information.

    My “plan” going forward is to start with a ‘blog, to get my feet wet and then use what I learn from that to design a “track back website”, tweak both using the ‘sound’ information I have gathered, and then to keep adding to my body of knowledge and web marketing techniques.

    I believe if I use what I have learned so far, even if I make some mistakes, I can begin to build a solid business foundation that will eventually pay off!!!

    I have successfully mastered three career changes, so this will be another one to put under my belt!!!!

    No more trading hours for dollars. At this stage of my life, time is of the essence and I want to be in control of any and all outcomes, good or bad.

    Regards,
    L. A.

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  146. Procrastination, lack of focus, too many commitments(?), not enough capital, not enough hours in the day . . . . geez, I’m 75 and been retired from teaching for 13 years! You’d think I’d have my act together by now :-((

    In a word PROCRASTINATION!

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  147. Simple. Here it is the end of the month and I don’t even know where my mortgage payment is coming from for THIS month. I’d love to get started in something that could potentially make me money. But how, when you have absolutely none to start with!

    If you can answer that for me and show me where to get the money for my mortgage by Wednesday, I’ll sing your praises to everyone!

    Thanks for listening,
    Clem

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  148. Oops back again

    I mucked up on the smiley “Grrrrrrr”

    Just had to come back and fix it. (took another post since I couldn’t edit the previous one)

    Smiles 🙂

    Gary

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  149. Great video…You are truly an inspiration.

    My biggest obstacle has been: keeping the momentum going. I have done fairly well with several projects. I am not at the level of farming anything out yet.

    I will say, reading everyone else’s posts has been an education in itself. It is incredible to see the questions, concerns and struggles of others. This is something I can learn from. I want to wish everyone here the absolute best in your future business.

    Please keep up the good work, Rich.

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  150. Rich – my biggest challenge at the moment is sifting through the mountain of stuff I’ve received from many online marketers.

    Sadly, finding a marketeer that actually provides information about the basic infrastructure to this business is proving extremely difficult. I’ve purchased that much material and so far haven’t got to grips with the basics.

    So for me, what is the base line software we need to launch a web page, track sales, database for new clients, auto-responders etc?

    As a newbie, I echo what many have said. When starting out, we’ve already spent so much money supposedly acquiring all the information to launch something and yet we’re still no nearer. Now we’ve little resource left to hire our team.

    Furthermore, we haven’t hired before so there’s probably numerous pitfalls to doing this. What a newbie needs is a really detailed step-by-step breakdown of what to do and how to go about doing it. It’s like making a phone call…we can have all the numbers but if we don’t have the correct sequence then we’re not going to achieve our goals.

    Finally, I haven’t seen any good information about researching a market to know whether it’s worth trying to sell into it. The guru’s talk about niching but surely there’s a point where it’s better to go where the traffic is. Afterall, if a product is good enough, and marketed well, it will get results.

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  151. If I was sure of the answer to this question, I probably wouldn’t be having the problem. Identification of the problem is the first step in solving it. Maybe you will be able to help me pin it down. Sure hope so.

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  152. I simply don’t know anymore? After listening to your audio twice I can see areas I need to improve (such as the offer) yet I can also see many things I am doing right. I am considered an ‘Authority’ figure and also answer questions for Ask the Expert on About.com – and I have a unique product which is not only intangable but also consumable.

    I have had good months and bad since we launched the product but I can’t seem to get ‘Critical Mass’.

    Being in Australia may be a disadvantage. I also have no affiliate or JV program.

    Back to the drawing board. Classic expert – all talk on empty pockets (that’s me – not you)…

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  153. My biggest obstacle is having partnered and JV’d with people who have lied about their own goals. I keep thinking that I can share my knowledge and vision with people and those same people have stolen and commited fraud and other big crimes.

    I am perfectly ok in taking responsibility for my own actions and not blaming. The mistakes I have made have been in not having a system for building or surrounding myself with people that have qualities that I lack (because I know I can’t do everything) or filling up my time with, –as Robert Kiyosake says — teaching pigs to sing… irritates the pig and wastes my time.
    Many people will SAY and even take actions that indicate at first that you may be working toward same goals, but like in your 30 minute intro, you spent 3 hours fixing a $100 rip off but your time would have been better spent somewhere else, yet you can’t put up with getting ripped off for the $100 bucks and you have to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

    I have literally been held hostage in 2 court cases that I can’t even write off to forget and cut loses to move on because my name is on stuff and I keep getting the call to show up to revisit.
    I believe in the laws of attraction, human nature, negotiating skills, positive thinking, visualizing, planning and executing the plan, I’ve read well and never stop learning and the problem that I find is that I can’t even talk about the preblems without sounding like a whiner.

    I spend most days and nights being grateful that I have the knowledge and skill to handle “things” and I know that I will use these experiences for good and positive teaching as well as making a decent living but I am grateful AND frustrated with my partner and resource choices and would like to know how to make better choices when I really can’t even see how to stop doing what I do now.

    Thank you for the info and the space to address negotiation faux pas. Character matters. And for as much as a person “gives value” and has altruistic notions and would like to make money while bringing others along; there are those that would take advantage and making not only 1 but two or three mistakes in character judgment speaks to something that I haven’t learned yet. A signed contract is only as good as one’s ability or time to enforce it. The legal system and people’s good nature produces lessons in patience and postponement and denial of one’s own life.

    I need to know how to come back again during the draining . I am never beaten and I have plenty of energy and I have vision, passion, strength, action plans, motivators, smart ideas and uncommon business sense generally speaking; yet I spend days and hours on the tasks that only I can do, getting my “$100 taken off my bill.”

    I am guessing that you should have had an assistant for handling your $100 phone bill problem, but a lawyer or assistant cannot see or help in fraud before it takes place, nor can they remove the hostage situation of personal time, creditibility, reputation, and greed that can ruin a person or entity with a swift kick in the solar plexis.

    Thanks for your input. Warm regards, Patricia Koehler.

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  154. Hi Rich, Thank you for opening our eyes to the RIGHT way to do it.

    Like most of the comments MONEY, and creating a methodology to move forward at a rate that helps to put food on the table.

    I can not see myself selling IM products, it is not a passion for me. I have more tangible ideas. Probably will not make as much money as those that are selling IM products but at least I will be happier.

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  155. Halo Rich,

    I think my biggest problem is me, idea and commitment. I cannot say more than that.

    For me. Sometimes I feel doubt that i can do this.
    Idea. I didn’t have any idea what to do first.
    Commitment. Cos sometimes i didn’t like the idea. I lack commitment.

    So it’s related from one and another. But it’s my biggest problem to start

    Robby

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  156. What’s stopping me from realizing my potential? The answer is quite simple: information overload that disrupts my focus.
    I am targeted by numerous self proclaimed experts, who over- promise and under-deliver; they offer one-size-fits-all answers to very individual questions while demanding huge payments for rather useless information.

    I am fully aware of my shortfalls (lack of experience, for instance), but I am open to learning. Unfortunately, in my quest to gain useful knowledge, I am constantly bombarded with bogus advice and overconfident answers. Wherever I turn, someone else is trying to sell me yet another fully guaranteed “solution”.
    Since most of these so called “full-proof” solutions are too broad to be of any real help, I am wasting valuable time and money. The irony is that the only people making big bucks in this whole process are those who, in the long run, interfere with my success.

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  157. What’s holding me back?

    To be honest it’s emotional distress and it’s not all about bussiness. I have realized that to be successful entrepreneur you have to control your emotions and thoughts and just consentrate your financial goals no matter what. I mean you have to keep your personal life and bussiness separately. That have been hard time to me.

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  158. Hi Rich, I enjoyed (and enjoy) your video and its messages. Now to have the heart to get off my tochus. Fine presentation, mazzeltov. Arie

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  159. I have two blocks Rich. my inexperience and my income. I have not had my own business before, so I am on a huge learning curve, but this business is something I really want to do. I have financial commitments that mean I have to work full time. I am starting the business with minimal resources: financial, time and human (just me).

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  160. Thanks Rich.

    Biggest obstacle??? Here are two:

    Deciding what the necessary/non-negotiable business tools are rather than the “I think I’ll need this”.

    How to focus when there seem to be so many little pieces to put together… ezine, articles, products, promotion, website, etc…

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  161. Hi Rick,
    You are very good presenter and you deliver without the hype that so many guru’s rely on these days. Some time ago I took your advise and you can see the results at the site I am building. So far no returns but I have every confidence and a lot of ideas, and believe me when it does I will hire a couple of young uni students, with the necessary special skills, to help and really get it revved up.

    I like many others have spent tens of thousands of dollars chasing dreams and my biggest problem was finding the right products. I wrote e-books but none sold. Paid for high priced Mentors only to find them sending me to their high priced friends who under delivered or later I found I could get an equivalent or better service/product cheaper. But now I have canceled all subscriptions and most newsletters and am concentrating on this one project. If this does not fire then I guess I will be on a strict bread and water diet for the foreseeable future.

    But Hey! I have made a couple of fortunes and lost them on other projects that went bad so now this has become a challenge that I intend to win.

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  162. Hi Rich…

    My biggest obstacle is traffic generation.

    knowing how to promote a website by generatiing my own traffic, my own highly responsive, highly targeted leads, and a lot of them, (yes I know to make sure that I have a website with solid copy that converts) and trying to shorten the huge learning curve and in particular, the TIME this learning curve demands
    with regards to generating high a large ammount of targeted traffic!

    Rich, from what I understand, this is a huge obstacle , and probably the most common, after someone has found the right product and the right website.

    Any help or instructions would be Fantastic!!

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  163. my obstacle: a network of competent, low cost people for bringing my product to a next level of professionalism.
    thanks for your stimulae. it keeps me thinking about my next steps.

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  164. Problems, what problems? Only two.

    For the past four years I, (like many others,) have suffered from “paralysis by analysis.”

    You know the drill, too many “Gurus”, not enough time, knowledge, or money to implement all of their schemes, nearly all of the purchases that I did make, (probably 100 or so) and implement always found me either lacking a fundamental skill or they themselves were only a “piece of the pie,” consequently, I always felt I was at least one step, (usually several,) away from true success.

    There is a story about an old Zen master who, when asked by his student what changed in his life when he became enlightened made the following statement:

    “Before enlightenment, I chopped wood and drew water, after enlightenment I chopped wood and drew water.” Everything remained the same, but yet it now became different.

    Your videos “enlightened” me. My situation is still the same as it was before I saw your presentations, but now my perspective has changed.

    With that change of perspective has come the dawning of visions of lots of new opportunities, new methologies, and most important new hope and invigoration.

    While my business focus is slightly different from most of your audience in that I’m applying your principles to NetworkMarketing, my general goals are the same, to break free by making lots of money. My real, (not perceived,) problems are only these two:

    1. To somehow, someway, beg, borrow or scrape together enogh money to attend your seminars, lectures, buy your tapes, whatever.!!

    2. Hope that the good Lord grants me time enogh to implement the things you teach.

    I can’t even begin to thank you enogh.
    Bill

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  165. Hi There,

    Lack of funds for advertising on Yahoo. I have already exhausted my credit and still have no conversions from my affiliate sites to pay for advertising

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  166. For me it is the negativity of my significant other – plus my web site is in the same state it was 2 years ago, waiting to be started!

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  167. Probably guts if the truth be known. Have a business to run and can’t turn my back on it. would like to take the next step but am afraid that I’ll not be able to get an income for my family.

    Too much information and not enough time to analyse it. Bit like a startled rabbit in the headlights. Hope to move slowly but surely.

    Thanks.

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  168. I just can´t find a niche to start with. I also have an overload of information and I get more and more confused. It would be good if I would be able to join some sort of keyturn business to be able to practise and learn and make money doing so. After that I think I could do another business on my own. I also have no one to talk to and I have to educate myself.
    best wishes
    Marion

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  169. i guess wat is holding me back is information overflow and not really knowing what is the best step. there is so much information continually coming…
    i decided to give myself steps that i need to finish. so at the moment i am working on my first info product and this goes well. i’m confident that in some way it will be clear what to do next when it is finished.

    thanks for sharing your expertise, i love it!
    warm regards

    Roel

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  170. Biggest obstacles is overload of knowledge, getting overwhelmed, thus not taking much action. My off line business; http://www.safecoms.com ; infrastructure in the company is weak, CEO not overly organized and a “reactive” instead of “responsive”, are mostly looking at “the now’ instead of long term goals and strategies.

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  171. Time and sticking with objectives and not changing ideas along the way and never getting anything finished. And how to go about hiring a team and whether they should be in office team or not and how to set things in motion.

    Cheers,

    Dan

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  172. Hi, I’ve read most of the comments from you all. Please let me know what you are good in, or think you are good in, – without letting the cat out of the bag. We could, in all likelihood, form a team in which each has the precise and particular qualities – as described by Rich – for a successful business. Just let me know your forte. My email address is [email protected].
    Sincerely, Arie L. de Bles, The Netherlands

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  173. Hi Rich

    Thanks for the great quality input! I would say my greatest obstacle is getting enough people to buy into my business vision to get it off the ground.

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  174. I am new at this and have a website provided by Project X from Chris. I need more information on getting more affiliates signed up and how to do it.
    I just don’t know what to do next. Also starting another business is taking my time.
    Thanks for all your good information.

    Eldon from Oregon

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  175. I have no product, and no web site. I had a web site for awhile but never devleoped anything that could be done in the limited time I have. One constant thread I find in speaking with numerous internet coaches is that 10 hours a week is all you need. That may be true after the development stage is complete but I don’t know how you can get anything off the ground in 10 hours a week.

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  176. The Start up to Freedom was great… a step-by-step system to getting a business up and running/developing it and getting free; made me realise that in my last business I was just making money, not growing a business. Big difference.

    I think my problem is clearly defining my offer; I provide a range of services from strategic planning/marketing communications – trying to condense all the benefits into a coherent offer… but I’m working on it!

    Thanks

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  177. OK, you asked, so here it is.
    In order to start, it seems to me you need
    1.A market whose wants and needs you can fulfill with a product you know something about and share a passion for
    2. A product that will meet or preferably exceed the expectations of that market that you can provide profitably
    3 To know how to contact the market and ensure that it is willing to pay enough to make creating the product worthwhile
    That’s before you start! It’s this creative bit that precedes the system you are describing that stumps me!

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  178. The biggest thing holding me back is my email. I need to cut back on the amount of lists I belong to. I get so many messages and getting through them takes time. I also see interesting offers and even though I do not need anything else to succeed I keep looking at what the latest offering is.

    I know this is not a good thing to do but I find it interesting to see what is being offered by people.

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  179. Biggest challenge in bringing my business to the next level is teamwork and getting my partners on the same page. It just seems to take so much effort and every issue takes time to resolve. I am currently partner in a $ 5 million business and I am absolutely convinced that we can double the business over the next year or two. However, getting my partners to accept the risk/reward ratio is always difficult, it’s holding the business back.

    Building trust and believe in capabilities is the biggest challenge.

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  180. The technical mumbo jumbo of computer world.May all the experts out there make things simple and straight forward for us.We are also swamped by get-rich-quick schemes that really confuse us.Teach us what goes on behind the scenes of cyberworld!

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  181. My main obstacles are FOCUS, LACK OF INTERNET MARKETING KNOWLEDGE, PRIORITIZING. I haven’t also picked out niche. In order to invest I’d like to see clear and complete business and marketing plan to follow.

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  182. I have no idea how to use the internet to increase my newsletter list. I have manged to obtain over 300 names for my list by hard work and personal networking, there must be an easier way?

    thanks

    Sandra

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  183. Lack of captail is the primary reason of all “non starts” of business. It is also the
    main reasons for” failures” of existing business, both on line and brick and mortar.
    All the good ideas, movation, enthusiam and hard work seldom overcome this
    obstacle. While it does happen, I think it would be no higher than 2 or 3 percent.
    As far as all the programs that are availble for “helping” you, I would suggest that
    90% are worthless. The problem lies in indentfieing the 10% that offer “some”
    help. I am constanly amazed that the marketeers can keep coming up with different ideas to sell. They do it by adding on little twist to existing ideas to keep
    on selling. No matter how you slice it , thick or thin its still baloney!

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  184. I feel that I spend my entire working life spinning plates … I have so many projects on at one time that I am constantly flitting from one to the other and thus rarely get anything valuable completed. I find myself jumping from paper work and admin, to web design, to link building, to content creation, to order fulfilment, to tidying my office … and that is all in one two-hour session! HELP! I need to focus. I am going off now to watch your video and see if that helps….

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  185. Rich asks, “What is the biggest obstacle that is preventing you from gaining
    the momentum you need to bring your business to the next level?”

    Well, for me it has to be ‘time management’ – knowing HOW and WHERE to focus my time on *the* part of the process which is going to move me forward and take me to the next level.

    The material you’ve shared on process mapping is going to help me with the WHERE, but it’s HOW to ensure that you focus on one thing and not allow yourself to get distracted. What tools – psychological and practical – can help you GET IT DONE?

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  186. Hi there,

    I basically have the opportunity of develpoing a big business and have different exclusive agencies for Africa but am only one person at the moment.My biggest challenge is time,money and finding the correct team of people to work with me to expand my businesses

    Thanx.

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  187. Hi Rich,

    Thank you for your superb ‘momentum’ insights. It’s truly refreshing to find someone else (you) who shares the same belief about dealing honestly in business. Unfortuantely, integrity is something that is sorely lacking, in business in general, and Internet marketing in particular.

    My biggest obstacle is – Finding competent people to join my team as self-employed ‘sub-contractors’ rather than ’employees’ in the traditional sense.

    How can a business be built around ‘freelancers’?

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  188. Dear Rich!

    Thank you very much for your teachings that you share with us for free, what a great man you are!

    My biggest obstacle is that I dont know which my biggest obstacle is! I have everything a great product, entrepreneurship, communication skills, talent… the obstacle might be the right opportunity – target market. My “product-mix” is very unique, it takes probably a longer time to find the right people and markets??? Or maybe there is a missing-link that I dont notice? I talk about winning but cannot I convey the value of my message right? I have also created a new tool for problem solving – and everybody I help with that tool is amazed and truly get help to their problems, but I cannot commercialize the tool….

    Or maybe I am just not an entrepreneur – I am a sciencewoman and an artist – I must admit it is hard to market myself!

    Hopefully my rumination helps others to realize their missing links!

    Best regards and blessings from Helsinki
    Cristina

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  189. Hi Rich,

    Finding the cash flow and outside talent when needed to accomplished our goals. Since we are trying to do everything ourselves (husband & wife team), we just can not find the time to do everything that we feel needs to be done to truly get our products up and running well.

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  190. There are some really great returns to your question here. Colleen wrote a great response as did Mike, Marion, Jim, Helen, and many more. I too have the motivation and skills to articulate that. However, my problem is what I would want to sell that the public would want to purchase. I am a retired teacher and a true believer in sharing what it is that you have, with others. I would like to know the secrets, in a nut shell, that help to get a good business to a great business, but I’m overwhelmed by what there is out there (that is ripping you off) already. What are the steps necessary to produce an honest product that will genuinely HELP, others. I am about helping but I have to eat, and I’d like to have enough income to live comfortable, (not extravagantly).

    Your videos are “the bomb”. They have been the greatest advice I have received for this field, but I have a few questions.

    1. Where is there time in a life, with six children and no funds, to do all of the steps you have suggested? Outsourcing is OK but you’d have to know others of like thinking and with abilities that would be of benefit to your business and them.
    2. What business (es) could pay me enough to start the business I really want (which would be nearly free so that even a child could afford it.)
    3. Why can’t there be one book of step by step instruction with CD’s with examples?
    4. After your seminar, which I could not attend, you stated the it was a review of what you had done previously. Where is the step by step you completed only hours before and never use?
    5. Where do we get the finances to start and round the first year off? * Is 30 days long enough to project potential?
    I’ll just stop here to await a response.

    Thank you!!!

    Anyone with an area of expertise and a interest in networking, can contact me at [email protected]

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  191. Also wanted to clarify my “product development sequence ” obstacle :
    1. First determining which is the best sequence for creating at least the first 15 info-products and services I have planned.
    2. Then, what is the best “mechanical” sequence for the marketing actions required once the first few products are ready for release?
    Is this covered in Jeff Walkers product launch pkg?
    I have already purchased so many “marketing packages” for all various
    purposes – but , I too get stuck on how to know which sequence and
    which marketing/promotion steps to take first, when I am ready to launch.

    What sequence do I get these things going so I am ready for the
    customers needs:
    I want to do all these and have all the training materials to do them
    but not sure how to coordinate and blueprint the sequence of all of it:

    Example:
    Lets, say I have created the first 1-2-3 of the information products and
    I now want to start launching them:

    Whats the best sequences and coordination of actions to be able to get
    all this up and running:
    Niche research and completion of keyword and target market selections
    mini-sites built for building list
    Listbuilding and autoresponse sequences
    eNewsletters-mini-site built for newsletter list
    Mini-site for each actual product
    Blog
    Teleseminars
    Membership site and affiliate system needs to be in place
    Tracking and stats need to be in place
    Consulting or Coaching system for customers who want support

    ALL THESE things seem like they all have to be ready at the same time
    to be able to launch effectively…..how do I approach the construction
    of it all, properly and linearly

    AND at what point am I ready to launch????

    Okay, hope that clarifies my momentum obstacle.

    Thank you very much for your dedication-your recent latest video is
    the phenomenal . Very glad I joined your BGS!

    Sincerely,
    Dr Betsy

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  192. Addendum to what I just wrote:

    The real obstacle seems to be, that in my mind — because of the fact that I have over 15 info products and services I will be creating and launching….I am not sure whether to create and release the first 1, 2 or 3 as individual stand alones, while I work on getting all the rest created and produced? OR,

    It seems to be a better business move, If I could somehow get 5-6-7-10 of them done BEFORE launching them on the market, and instead of launching one by one, present them in a overall package approach, with teleseminars, coaching and consulting packages that include the info materials (along with the nutritional and body cleanse products of my current products business – galaxynutrients.com)

    So that is my critical question, that is holding me up.

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  193. I have one site up, and one almost ready. The biggest thing holding me back is getting people to come to my site. I’ve tried Google Adwords without much result. I’m running Google ads on the site pages, but they don’t work till people come to the site. I need spme quick, cheap, effective methods to get people to the web site – that work.

    Ideas appreciated
    James – UK

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  194. The biggest thing holding me back is lack of valuable and unique product ideas. I have set up ebooks in the past but am also interested in setting up an ecommerce store. However I cannot settle on the focus for either of these.

    Dave – UK

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  195. what is holding me back is that i haven’t finished my training yet(as a life coach) and so can’t devote all my time yet to building my business.

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  196. Hi there Rick,

    Thanks for putting me on the spot. I’ve been following your materials with interest since you started to raise your profile last year.

    I think the greatest factors holding me back are the fear of business plans not working out and getting people on my team to do what I ask of them.

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  197. My problem is that nobody thinks it’s worth building a list and working with a website and I myself am not able to do so. I have to find somebody who takes me by the hand and shows me how to do so. My offline business is doing fine and increasing every day thanks to a program for building growth I am applying.

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  198. Well, I must admit this is one of the best video’s that I have ever watched. I have three big problems. (1) I think I hve ordered -read -studied – and tried to work a dozen different internet marketing programs.. I have boxes and boxed here in the office that I have studied and still do not understand how to implement (2) I seem to have a very short attention span (3) I have degrees upon degrees, & professional certifications and I been thinking too much like the employee that I have been for all of my life. My work career has been very successful but it is not enough. I want and need to be free..

    Your video made me realize a bunch of things. I have to leave the employee mentality behind in order to move forward with the new thought process. Now, that’s gonna take some re-programming of my brain.

    Out of all the sudy and reading that I have done and the internet sites that I have tried to implement (I NEED to know how everything is done before I commission somebody else to do it) I cannot come up with product ideas. My goodness, I am a Financial Specialist.. Fraud Accounting, Financial Accounting, Audit, Risk Management, Cash Flow Specialist,,, and on and on… If I must come up with a solution to a unique problem that I have expertise in………. I am in trouble. Is it possible that I am cut out to be an employee all my life. I have no interest in setting up another accounting firm either on the internet or physical location…

    I am going to listen to your video again this morning.. Thank you for that marvellous piece of work.

    Now, onward and upward.. and I really feel that I cannot see the forest for the trees.. AND I am not sure that I have the ability or fortitude to “DO” Internet Marketing.. sounds rather convoluted as if you are talking about something that belongs to another “Life form”..

    Mildred – NS

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  199. Why we haven’t have momentum?

    Here our problem:

    Wanting to have our own business, so much that we quitted our jobs too early.

    Then we are in urgen need to earn money, but things are done in rush and in desperation, so much that we jumped into all sort of information out there and now are saturated with information we don’t what to do with it, and not knowing which one to trust.

    In conclusion, we are working too hard for very little money not knowing what we are really doing, we are doing it out of desperation hoping to find the magic wand that will solve our problems, which is to create money, decent money…money to pay our needs and more.

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  200. Rich,

    At this point in the business, we’ve not been able to get income to the point that will allow us to bring on a key administrative position, a few part-time researchers, and to install some of the infrastructure for basic business operations (real website vs. brochure based model currently utlized) which could catapult revenue relatively quickly. The lack of the appropriate marketing mechanisms are currently being addressed and hope to have them all in place within the next 45 days.

    For the moment, I’ve brought on an independent contractor who has experience in a similiar type business and a proven track record of prior success. But, there’s still a 3 month lag time to build up a reasonable pipeline. In addition, the sales process is relatively long in our business- typically 2.5 to 6 months. To offer a little more cash flexibility, I’ve also offered the contractor the opportunity to earn some skin in the game. At the same time, the contractor and I are in a 50/50 partnership (we’ve secured funding for this venture) in kicking off another company that focuses on providing additional value added services to our client base.

    As a result of the long sales process and personal challenges (rebuilding credit after approaching bankruptcy 4 years ago), cash flow becomes an issue because we’re operating strictly on a cash basis.

    Look forward to working with you and learning better ways to take our business to the next level.

    Respectfully,

    Randy Brown

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  201. Climbing far enough up the earnings ladder to quit a day job, so as to be able to devote more time to marketing. I think for many of us, it’s a vicious circle. You need the time and money to develop the income streams, but that’s exactly what you don’t have.

    It’s one thing to step out on a limb when your obligations are minimal and you are concerned mostly about caring for yourself, but when you are making decisions that affect others (wive’s, children, etc.) it’s a bit more difficult and dreams have to be checked against reality. 5 and 6 figure net profits seem but a dream to me as that is what it would take to quit the day job wiht current liabilities, but yet I know it’s possible.

    So that means, building income at a pace that can be done around the day job, while hopefully reducing the overall debt load, to be able to eventually do it full time.

    The question is, how do you accomplish that with about 2 – 3 hours a day available?

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  202. Hi Rich!!

    Well, I have been so busy this past weekend working on my business that I have not had time to watch your video!! So I guess that is problem number 1! I will make a point of fitting it in though. My next thing is that since my business is strictly an online one, I am struggling with getting visitors and building my list. That is number 1 for me! Maybe I will find some answers once I do watch your video, so that is now my first priority. Thanks for everything.

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  203. Great work you’re doing here, Rich, really impressive.

    After four years in business on my own I have the momentum to go to the next level. I am making more than enough profit to enable me to take on other people and pay them to do work which would allow the company to make more money faster. (At present I do everything myself).

    BUT.

    I am reticent to take on the responsibility which comes with employing people. At the moment if something disastrous happens to my business then I am the only one affected. That’s not a problem, I can pick myself up and dust myself off. I know this, so I can take all sorts of risks that I might otherwise think twice about (like going on holiday for a month).

    If I had employees however a company disaster which involved layoffs would be something I would find much more difficult to deal with. That might be the rough-and-tumble of a dynamic capitalist society but the guilt of knowing that I had directly affected the ability of an individual to provide for his or her family, would be a big problem for me.

    This is one of the biggest factors holding me back from taking on employees and moving up to the next level.

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  204. The one thing that is presently holding my business back is cash flow investment money. To this point I have used my own money and resources, but after engaging a sales rep I find I need advance capital to fill orders and create a marketing camgaign.

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  205. Reading through the other bloggers, it would seem that 90% are exactly the same as me: They are too busy earning a living to make any money.
    Your video was great. I actually watched it all the way through.
    You confirmed some things that I already knew, and opened my eyes to many new things. Thank you

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  206. Great Video and Information!

    My greatest problem, is that I am spending way too much time performing low value actions, but I cannot bring myself to hire someone to do this.

    I have issues with: “managing” employees, trusting them, hiring as employee or independent contractor, giving up what I am used to doing, providing them a location, desk, resources, etc.

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  207. Hi Rich,

    Thanks for the videos they really kicked me in the ass!!! You should run for “PRESIDENT” . My biggest problem at the moment is Finding hot keywords, one’s that sell…..and also recongnising a niche when i see one, sounds stupiid i know..but it just another hurdle i have to overcome…………..

    Keep E’m Coming,

    Peace,

    Graham.

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  208. Hi Rick
    The biggest thing holding me back is the “TIME”. I have a full time job with 40 hours per week. I also have 2 small children I have to devote my time to. I want to make some money on Internet on part time basis first so that I can make a living full time one day.
    Thanks for all your hard work.

    Nini

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  209. Great videos Rich:

    I’m very new to ‘practical’ internet marketing and e-commerce.

    I’ve done enough reading on the subject to move me to at least set up a basic site. However, I’m not very sure which online marketing methods are most effective or least effective.

    A subsciber list still needs to be developed for my site and I would like to know which methods work the quickest to accomplish this for someone on a relatively small budget. I have also created a small newsletter with free content for my future list, but am not sure how regularly the newsletter should be sent out or how soon or often I should sell to my list.

    I don’t want to contribute to customer information overload.

    Thanks again!

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  210. My biggest problem is the computer and internet marketing. I have built several very successful business in the past and I have been teaching same for years but when I sit down in front of my computer I just do not know what to do.
    so an “idiot guide” for newbees like me would be good. I cannot recruit others to “it” for me when I don’t know what “it” is that I need done.
    The content of all your training is very good and I think your marketing is the best I have ever seen in 38 years in sales.

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  211. THOUGHT YOUR VIDEO WAS A GREAT IDEA, BUT THERE WERE A COUPLE OF GLIPS IN THE SOUND TRACK. HOWEVER THE INFO WAS GREAT AND I AM SURE IT WILL BE OF GREAT HELP TO MANY PEOPLE. I HAVE JUST SET-UP MY FIRST JV AND HOPE TO PROGRESS FROM THERE . I AM DUE TO LAUNCH A WEB-SITE NEXT WEEK UNDER MARLINSON.COM, PROVIDING PRODUCTS AS YOU HAVE INDICATED AS BEING LINKED SO AS TO BECOME AN EXPERT IN A PARTICULAR FIELD. SO, IT IS REALLY GOOD TO BE ABLE TO LINK IN WITH YOU. I LOOK FORWARD TO ANY DEVELOPMENTS YOU MAY COME UP WITH. REGARDS.

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  212. Mmm…My biggest obstacle is prioritization / focus / persistence. Sorry, but yes – that is ONE thing. When I do come up with a priority list, it seems to stay important in my world for about 10 minutes. Many important things are always there to get in the way. Focus is lost, persistence cannot be maintained with the lack of proper focus.

    When I’ve gotten a path carved out, or someone shows a path to me, I need to calmly spend some time marching down that path. It doesn’t happen enough.

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  213. Nothing of substance! Thanks for your work on this Rich. You have a rare clarity and the ability to teach basics in an accessible way. Some of us have been fans of Deming and Goldratt for years and have been working to pull all the pieces together, though, I must say you have done the best job in your material. The E-Myth material from Michael Gerber ties in as well along with Kyosaki’s teachings on the quadrant, but without the key of systems thinking and project management, most people would still be at the starting gate wondering why all the other runners left them there. Good stuff, my friend.

    Walt

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  214. Hey Rich. I just finished watching your video and you hit my problem right on the head with a couple things you covered. First of all I am trying to do to much at once and not concentrating on momentum. I can really see where this is very important. I have to start implementing things instead of trying to learn more.

    Thanks Rich and I am looking forward to yyour next video, Thanks so much!

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  215. Biggest obstacle to gaining momentum is simply cash flow… without up front capital to burn it is very difficult to get ahead of the game.

    1. Cash flow to hire staff so that I can free up enough of my time to design the marketing & sales campaign.
    2. Cash flow then to pay for help to outsource support for implementing the campaign.
    3. Cash flow to pay for the intial advertising once it is designed and implemented with sufficient resources to survive early failures/adjsutments required.

    All comes down to the problems of starting as a one man operation and trying to get enough sales (without real momentum) to be able to support myself and the development of the company at the same time.

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  216. Hi Rich,
    Perhaps you remember me. We spoke at Atlanta after your session at Jim’s Bootcamp.
    I told you that further down the line I want to do something with you.

    At the beginning it takes a while develop a set of useful CRITERIA with which to judge the avalanch of info that one can lose one’s days in reading.
    After that the nnext problem is the TECH side of things. In my case the fog is lessening to the point that I know that what I still don’t understand will be understood in due course.
    I for one wish to outsource as much as possible ASAP but I will not do so, especially on the technical side, until I am able to do the job myself.
    I do not include writ

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  217. I’m with Earl, just like to add, my one MAJOR obsticle is: who to choose to go with, i mean there are numerous marketeers all offering advice, but which one to choose and stick with.
    Confused!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  218. how to develope a steady stream of new klients & productive market for my seminars. . . and have faith that what I offer is as good as part of me knows, and everybody else enthusiastically tells me. . . so what is it really ? Courage to trust myself & what I´m doing ?

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  219. I am really stuck in a vicious cycle. I am doing things in my business that I really don’t like to do, therefore I do them very inefficiently. The things I want to do in my business that I love to do, I am unable to really do (because I have to do those other things), therefore I get really bummed out. What this in effect produces is really slow growth in my business, and a very unhappy entrepreneur.

    I would love to hire some ot these things out, but the following gets in the way:

    1. Lack of revenue to pay for more extensive outsourcing. I have not even gotten to the point of 100% paying my own salary. I do outsource some of my work (my writing task), because if I did try to do this, I would be out of business by now. I am living on credit card debt right now for cash flow, but I am close to the 50% used threshold — the point where the banks start reducing your credit lines if you go to much beyond this.

    2. Hesitation to go through the hiring process because of uncertainity of its success due to my inexperience and prior mistakes. I wish I had a coach or mentor (one-on-one) to help guide me through this common process, and eliminate the common pitfalls and mistakes. I have already had some stops and go’s with attemping the hiring/outsourcing process, so I am a little gun shy right now.

    3. My inefficient work on tasks that I should be outsourcing suck away time and energy that I should be dedicating to running my company and taking it to the next level. Do I sacrafice some current grow and stop working on these tasks, so that I am able to spend more time on running my company?

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  220. oops…
    I do not include writing software in that but everything else because if I do not understand exactly what needs to be done and how, I cannot safely delegate it.
    That is one of the big ones at the beginning.

    Of course, More money today for a couple more bits of hardware and software, More time so that it is all online more quickly, ( my site for now only has a headline on it), and a Greater ability to retain focus so as to a step forward everyday.

    I think you are doing great work.
    Thankyou,

    George Kedourie

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  221. The biggest obstacle holding me back is the ability to concentrate on just one idea and follow it through to the end.
    I’ve started so many different projects, just to leave them half done after losing interest or losing faith in my idea (is anybody really interested in what I have to offer?).
    Also I haven’t enough faith in my technical knowledge to be able to create websites and I really don’t want to have to learn html (yuk).

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  222. I’m having a terrible time trying to get my name/business… in front of people. I’m trying to get my initial stable of clients for my very own business in a very competitive industry. I offer something exhilarating, practical, the best for the min-body integrations, and best of all, I am “The Fitness Expert for Busy Women.” “Squeeze More Pounds Out of Your Day.” I offer unique fitness solutions and exercise options that work anywhere because you’ve got your body, the most intelligent, “conscious,” sophisticated piece of equipment ever made. Add some great simple tools and you’ll have some great simple tools that are just tools. but it is all about the fun and benefits of learning “Strength as a Skill” (Jeff Martone). Simple tools offer the body the most breathtaking complexity and competencies because they are simple! A quarter keg that is empty and a quarter keg that is full are both easier to lift than a quarter keg filled one-third of the way with water because now your body needs to negotiate the Momentum of the rushing water. No machine, not even a worthwhile Kaiser cable-air pump machine offers the body anywhere near this kind of sophistication, but the same can be said for Kettlebells, sandbags (uneven loads) and anything you can do with just the body alone. Grip strength is key to evolving the greatest levels of conditioning as well as overall strength. There’s so much you can do with 2 mninutes, 5 minutes or twenty minutes of time in your day from wherever you are now. Save 30 minutes driving to the gym and spending 10-15 minutes each way in the bathroom, that’s an hour and a half, right there without exercising or socializing.! Pockets of Intensity during your day are your friend–biggest metabolism boost, biggest savings of your precious time. You are rooted to the ground from your feet up, almost the whole time. Your Core is essential the whole time, you do not need to spend 30 seconds or 30 minutes of “isolated” ab work for the whole week, t is a waste of time! You just don’t need long to strengthen and condition “parts” of your whole body! Skill Practice (not workouts) are brief. You recover faster. It is about “perfect” practice not completely draining, Charlie Brown wipe-out sessions! I’m having trouble putting these methods in people’s hands because I’m having trouble meeting them where they are now, places that feature big, unintelligent machines to strap yourself into that “promote” non-integration and far take far too much time… I want a boat load of innovators and early adopters who will then talk about their results and how good they feel. Obviously, I’m not hopeful. In addition, I had an unforunate experience with a website vendor that I allowed to go on for too long. Now, I’ve started with a new web guy who is professional in ways that the first wasn’t. What’s there now is not a lie, but is not representative of my offerings. The home page is too long… In the meantime, I believe I have lost a lot, an unforeseen amount of enrollments, sales, and opportunities because of this. I feel out of time and out of options, and I wish I could feel like I could blast myself to a stage where I can really just benefit from all your excellent written material I don’t remember paying for. Thank you so much, Rich!

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  223. Hi Rich, the bigest challenge for me is information overload and not focusing on the small details to get a project finished to take it to the next level.

    I am already fairly successful, with an income that hovers around $16/17,000 per month, working from home but I do everything myself and now need to make the next jump.

    More capture pages, more leads, more customers, automated streamlined systems to habdle them!

    Cheers

    Ian Orford – UK
    Internet centric Network Marketer – http://www.virtualworlddirect.com/netprofits

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  224. Hello Rich,
    Thank you for doing such a great job at providing this information to people who really want to become the best entrepreneur they can be! I suspect my obstacles to momentum are similar to some people’s, and different from others.

    1. How do you filter the ocean of internet marketing and internet business resources so that you know who to go to and who not? The main portion of this question is How do you choose a Grade A? Will they always be expensive? I’m seriously considering outsourcing a lot of my technical work to India. Is this a bad move?

    2. How do you make an offer GREAT? What are some of the things you can do to make an offer more attractive? Could you give some real world examples?

    3. What is the mindset of an entrepreneur when it comes to facing market competition? How do you think about your competitors? How do you spot and exploit their short comings? How do you not lose heart and strength of purpose when you see how effective they are? How do you build your business so that you know it will still flourish and grow when you are free?

    Thank you again Rich!
    Vaughn

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  225. Great program – well thought out and put together.

    Obstacle: I am stuck trying to find that a problem or problems I am uniquely able to solve. Any thoughts on techniques or tools I could us to identify those types of opportunities?

    Thanks!

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  226. I haven’t seen it any other reply, so I will say it. Fear. That’s what is holding me back and at the same time, it’s what propels me forward. My businesses thrive as long as I’m out front and center. As soon as I slow down working, everything pretty much comes to a standstill. I truly want to believe it is POSSIBLE to do this without trading hours for money!

    Great work, great presentations Rich!

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  227. Thanks for putting out all this great free info..it is far better than anything i’ve paid for.

    I find if you don’t have a really original idea and or a great marketing team/budget it’s difficult to stand out and generate profits to keep building the business.

    It would be great if you could create three simple lists of what’s required for setting up 3 different levels of business.

    Level 1 would be $25k / month
    Level 2 would be $100k / month
    Level 3 would be $250k+ / month

    Right now i’m all tangled up in info that i may not need to set up a size of business that i’m comfortable with.

    Thanks again!

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  228. Many thanks for another great video. I have 2 web sites aimed at 2 different markets. So far I’ve concentrated on the one with the market I know best. This allows me to hone my marketing skills. Obstacle here is getting more traffic and more sales. In addition I have a problem shipping the products to my market because my products can’t be shipped internationally. My other site will make me more money; obstacle here is better defining my niche to allow for better differentiation of my site from others that sell the same products. I listen to several marketing gurus but you’re the only one I’ve found who actually has a concrete plan for making a lot of money quickly. Keep it up!

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    • You can partner with a company like Bongo International to sell and ship your products internationally. They give the consumer a US address so that they can buy from you as a domestic consumer. Ship the goods to Bongo and they will fraud screen all of your customers for you. They will then ship the products internationally at over 50% off DHL rates. The process is perfect for someone like you. Additionally, there is no cost to the US retailer.

      http://www.BongoUS.com

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  229. Thanks for the videos, Rich. Everything you do is top notch!

    My biggest obstacle is that I have so many ideas, and keep compounding my workload with additional “opportunities.” It’s the ABCDEFGABCDEFG method instead of the AAA BBB CCC DDD EEE FFF GGG method. I realize it’s easier to work the AAA BBB CCC but what do you do when you have uncontrollable constraints on project A that prevent you from moving forward and completing it? Should I start on project B and come back to project A later?

    After seeing what I wrote down above, I may have identified a potential solution. I need to work on whatever I can to complete project A until there’s absolutely nothing left I can do until the constraint lets up (for example, if I’m waiting for an existing domain name I purchased to be released, then I need to get that website ready to go, copy, links, graphics, etc. until the domain name is released). There are ways to work around the obstacles – I can work on other facets of the project that aren’t directly tied to the constraint. I realize this seems obvious, but until I saw it written down it didn’t strike me.

    Kristen Hudson

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  230. WOW! Rich, Great info!
    You feed the Entrepreneurial soul so to speak .
    My husband and I are both out of work and tight on money but are using this time to build an outsourcing, business- personal development & training, business. We refuse to be boxed in by allowing anything to stifle our business and are finding these are some of the very best days of our lives! I think so far we are pretty clear on what we want and are taking the steps to achieve those things. We believe strongly that how you think about your situation has a direct impact on the out come. Attitude can attract success or failure depending on your view. I don’t think at this time we have any issues that are holding us back. We are putting together all our info and starting work on our web site http://www.brightfuturegroup.com
    Hubby is in the midst of writing a book and I am about to start my workbook on dating and finding the right partner.
    All in all life is great! Watching your videos is inspirational! So full steam ahead J

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  231. 1. changing myself so that I’m a delegator, change from someone who understands the concept of leverage to someone who implements and utliizes leverage
    2. cash flow vs delegation/leverage; getting over the hump of what needs to be done to create the cash flow so that I can then hire to do the things I don’t do best

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  232. Well you asked a mouthful

    1. money people say they have it but they hae no credit card and some not even a bank account. They have high expectations but no way to join and organization that requires those things

    2. Step out of their comfort zone. They will make ec ery excuse in the book. They may use the product but suddenly they no no one who wants to build a busines

    3. Instant gratification

    4. To attract BIG NETWORKERS you have to be placed high enough in your company to be able to offfer them a tap into the instant bonus monies. Quite simply the average networker who has nothing to offer them is OUT. They will seek higher places. Regardless.

    5. The drop out rate which is a probvlme for all.

    5.

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  233. Several problems – Information overload to the point that I don’t know who or what to believe is the best way to get started. Although I agree with what you said in the video about giving step by step guides to true entrepreneurs – some guidelines would be helpful to kickstart the process, especially for those of us who do not have money to throw at this or have virtual teams or even direct employees to delegate out to. Also jargon – I’m no techie and understanding keywords, adsense, metatags SEO – dah – help anyone speak plain English?

    The other big issue for me is accepting that I don’t have to know everything to get started I just need to start! This may be why I have info overload and can no longer see the wood for all the trees!!!

    I’ve got the drive and the desire, I just need a few initial step guides to get the ball rolling start the list building process and go from there with support from you or you staff as and when needed, that would be great.

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  234. Biggest roadblocks.

    1- TOO MUCH INFORMATION which creates distraction then doubt and confusion. I am READY to start some kind of venture, but I am flooded with ideas and sollicitations.
    2- Not knowing the right amount of $ to spend.
    3- Weeding out legitimate from crowded and tired opportunities.
    4- MOTIVATION MOTIVATION!!!

    THANKS

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  235. FEAR of really screwing it up and not being able to recover. My site has just been launched and I haven’t made even one sale, so I don’t know what to expect. I’d rather jump out of an airplane (with a chute) than dive further into this, but I’m so far in debt because of the business, I must proceed. I need a kick in the butt to get going.

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  236. I have paid out something in the region of £21,000 in total. Purchased 6 sites with Stores on line, £10,000 for training which was to say the least poor. Then switched to another scheme, now on yours, also spent £2,000 on another money making cert. Now I am literally facing bankruptcy. NONE of them has made me a penny to date.

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  237. Not sure where to start. Prioritizing is tough when you are trying to sustain a business yet change it so it can grow. Changes need to happen slowly, but they are happening way too slowly right now.

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  238. Hi Rich,
    My biggest problem is knowing how to take those first steps when I have NO product, NO website, NO list, and trying to cut through all the torrent of information that simply bombards me every day through my inbox with every “Guru” in the world telling me they know best and have the product that will solve my problem. If I cut them off (which I keep thinking I will do) I wouldn’t for example have got to know about you. What is the optimum first step.

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  239. Rich,

    Up until I watched your video my biggest obstacle to gaining momentum was not knowing the importance of it. Now that I understand its’ crucial importance I will go out and keep the petal down. Looking forward to your next video to explain the next steps.

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  240. I am a micro-publisher. Site has been up 45 days. I publish “how to” books, but my main book is “Move to NC” Live, work, and prosper. I get very few hits per day. My plan is to do small ads in the classifieds of several New England newspapers, hoping for a small number of orders each time to profitably exceed the ad cost. I have run only one small ad so far ($67.00) and got no responses.
    My plan is to run three ads the next time in three different New England papers, classifieds. I also plan to offer listings for a limited number of real estate agents per metro city (15) in NC – this in itself would produce more than enough income to do regular ads. I will be test-mailing to 40 realtors next week to see if there is interest. My book contains a wealth of info about, housing, jobs, salary scales, taxes, schools, coastal and mountain living, tons of info. Books sell for 19.95 + 2.95 shipping. Any thoughts?

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  241. Focus. I am doing too many administrative tasks and not enough income producing tasks. No solid business plan and follow through. Working full-time online from home.

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  242. Information overload. Spend too much time looking at the latest whizbang stuff from gurus instead of focusing on my own business plan. Need to learn to allocate my time better, leaving some time for great information like yours, but weeding out the things that are just taking my time without producing results.
    Thanks.

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  243. Hi Rich,

    Great……. content. Had given me so much clarity as to where I should be focusing on.

    I think my biggest obstacle is that I tend to see too much opportunities available out there. I did make some buck here and there BUT I can’t seem to find a particular area (field) that I can build a business on.

    Another obstacle (which I’m trying to overcome) is lack of time… (I know it shouldn’t be an excuse to even mention it here). See… I’m still on a full-time job, so can’t spare much time on starting up a ‘real’ business on the side. Currently, I’m still struggling to work out an income stream which enable me to quit my job – at least to cover daily expenses

    Rich… really hope you address this by giving your insight, as I know this will also be the obstacle for our friends who have not reach there yet. Thanks so much.

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  244. I submit this because I heard you say many things that ring true that I have studied from books and people have told me.

    Answer: ME. I have jumped in with the hope of finding a niche that would communicate to me and that I could grab and run with. What I have found has been a lot of people who find it hard to trust the offers and close the door to communication. There are so many gurus saying they have the greatest since sliced bread and I have believed them and now sit drained of money to act on what I do have. I would never had tried to launch out into this deep had I been a brick and mortor business, yet my hope keeps telling me “yes you can”. I am remembering Jim Daniels and Ken McArthur as they went public with Joint Ventures with Affiliate Showcase many years back, JV appears to have the power to make us all appear to be gurus. And so I find myself stumbling over the very riches of information and like a puzzle, trying to put them in their right place.

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  245. Dear Rich Schefren:

    My difficulties are that I live in Cuba, and there is an embargo law. Due that I could not receive money in american accounts, but I very appreciate for your lessons I will use in the future.

    Sincerely yours,

    Alina

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  246. Thanks Rich, your videos have been a big help.

    Time and money are my biggest obstacles… and of those two… time. However, I am gaining momentum because I am a full time work-at-home entrepreneur and have a full-time programmer in Belerus and a full-time translator in China… plus numerous contractors.

    The biggest portion of my income comes from MLM, http://www.MLMLeadsPro.com and more… so I talk to and work with a lot of people. I can tell you that at least 80% of the people that want to “work at home” or that want a “home based business” or that want “extra income” are SIMPLY NOT ENTREPRENEURS in the strict sense or (any sense… ha)… that is their BIGGEST OBSTACLE. However, I feel that many of the 80% could succeed if they were given a franchise… a business by the numbers like McDonalds. While there are many MLMs that claim to have such a “complete franchise” type of opportunity, they simply don’t. I know of NONE that currently work for the 80%… all MLMs that I have seen lack a “marketing machine” that will enable the 80% to achieve momentum.

    The one thing that the 80% will do is spend money (for a limited time) in the hopes of making money… but they won’t call, they won’t create, they won’t place Google adds, and they won’t find the time to make things happen. These people need a low cost franchise that hands the business to them on a silver platter.

    I am working on such a “franchise” type of momentum builder that will work as a passive front-end marketing machine for any MLM. It will be a combination of both online and offline marketing, plus a string of affiliate “funded proposals” that will provide the cashflow so the 80% can gain momentum. The 80% can even sit on their hands and gain momentum. The 20% (that work) can gain momentum even faster because they are now leveraging the “marketing investment” of the 80%.

    Well my passive green machines takes “time, money and persistence” to build… so it will be a few months before it is all programmed and ready to market. It will happen.

    Ron Mauldin
    [email protected]

    ps Two other really big OBSTACLES that people face 1. Stuck in Training/Learning mode and 2. “Wasting Time” on non-revenue producing activities such as writing in a blog without leaving links.

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  247. We need to find a way to get in front of more people. Once people meet us, they love us and take our class. Once they take our class, they take another. We have really great products, but getting enough people to know about it is the problem that is stopping us from getting to the next level.

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  248. Thank you! Ive just recently begun to seriously explore what kind of business I can create online…and it s overwhelming. Im glad you came along sooner than later in this journey. I think at this point what stops me is knowing just what I want to market….then how.

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  249. How to use the internet to market the service I have in the real estate note business, and use the internet to education people as to what it is we have to offer.

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  250. Rich,

    My issue is not time, or money, which seem to be the issue for others. Mine is an issue of getting the website traffic. My website is based on getting a very specific group of individuals to join (independent health club managers/owners or corporate/hospital wellness managers). My site has good content and I’m providing email newsletters with how-to articles, but my membership has plataeued. Despite membership being FREE, the additional traffic needed to grow hasn’t been there. I’m registered on the search engines, but as you have taught us, that’s only 25% of the solution.

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  251. Right now I have tremendous momentum going. When momentum has lagged in the past it is because of me. I have taken my eye of the target and have been caught up in some purpose that was tangent to my real purpose.

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  252. Biggest challenge to business growth is transference of my enthusiasm and energy to my employees. How do we teach/lead them to recognize the opportunities that are out there for them? When the business is successful, they can improve their lifestyle/income/satisfaction. Yes, we have a very strong profit sharing plan, incentives galore, etc, etc. But, it’s not all about the money and transferring the passion has been tough in our organization.

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  253. I have a beautiful site, fantastic products, and few sales. I want and need conversion. I have had my site SEO, copy-written. And now was told to remove the copy writting and have it re-done. I keep following the advice of ‘pro’ and they become in conflict with each other. Even with due diligence, I do not know who to hire anymore to get results I need, I am told the same thing. There are no Guarantees, but we can do this…and it will cost you this…
    years later here I am, with another new site in need of conversion.
    What to do Rich? Who can really move my internet business to the next level?
    Thanks,
    Carol

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  254. My challenge is to come up with a product mix to put these systems to work. I find that it’s really difficult to find the right front end products that will lead to future business as I build that personal network as a financial consultant.

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  255. Hello Rich,

    Thanks for video, spot on for where I am at.

    1) I have a clear view of the way forward for my niche.

    2) Almost ready to launch.

    However, although I want to get up and out there, my biggest problem is that I am continually getting bogged down with techie issues. I am too involved with this due to lack of funding for staff, but I’m almost there and hoping to get beyond this stage so I can start outsourcing, delegating and building momentum.

    Yes, yes, I want to get beyond techie issues and promote and build a business and delegate the rest.

    Thanks again for your clear vision.

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  256. Hi Rich,

    I need to be more focus. Have gotten most of the tools but which aspect of IM should I focus on…? Hence the need to be more focus.

    Also issues of time management and priorities …

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  257. MY PROBLEM IS GETTING FIRED UP, FOCUSED AND STAYING THAT WAY. I FUND MYSELF AFRAID TO PICKUP THE PHONE OR TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITY IN AMERICA TODAY. I KNOW THESE PEOPLE NEED IT AND IF THEY KNEW WHAT I KNEW THEY WOULD WANT TO BE PART OF IT. I JUST HAVE A HARD TIME GETTING ANYONE TO AGREE TO INVEST A LITTLE TIME CHECKING OUT SOMETHING THAT COULD GIVE THEM FINANCIAL AND TIME FREEDOM AND CHANGE THEIR LIFE STYLE FOREVER. IT MATTERS NOT WHETHER THEY JOIN, I JUST LIKE TO KNOW THAT THEY GAVE IT A SERIOUS LOOK AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY HAVE SEEN.

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  258. I do not have anything to sell. And as a government lawyer, I am barred from using my expertise for non-governmental purposes without permission.

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  259. I would have to say that “building traffic” is my biggest problem. How, when, where and who to trust, are my problems in this field. I guess this comes from the result of information overload on the subject of “Generating Traffic.”

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  260. Rich – After 16 years in self-employment, I am again working for an employer fulltime. I enjoy my work, but… I am being held back because I am a bit fragmented. I do not have a website, and I can only sell other people’s “stuff”.

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  261. Ronald (Feb 25 8:00 PM) could be speaking for me when he says “i guess the biggest obstacle that is hold me back now is myself. i can’t seem to just get stuff done. i don’t know why. it seems like i have all the right knowledge, and even my niche picked out, but i just don’t execute.” In addition in my own case, I haven’t been able to come up with an idea that excites me, and I can’t get motivated to do just anything for the sake of just doing something. I know I need a good boot in the butt, but I haven’t yet figured out how to do that.

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  262. I am a software developer, web site hosting provider, and consultant full-time, so I have all the technology tools (and server) necessary to build an online business… however, I want to supplement my income (as I am an entrepreneur at heart) with my own product offering. This is what is holding me up… my own valid product to offer to the marketplace. It seems my ideas are already out there in e-book or other forms. Affiliate marketing would work, but I really want to develop, own, and sell products (information based) that I have full control over – maybe not to realistic with my current time constraints. Any advise on providing a VALUABLE product to the online market place would be helpful. Thank-you for the great educational videos.

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  263. I WA SONE OF THOSE THOUSANDS THAT WATCHED YUR VIDEO. VERY ENLIGHTENING. I HAVE AN EXTREME NEED FOR FINANCES. FOCUS SEEMS TO BE A PROBLEM. FINDING THE NEED OF OTHERS SO I CAN FULLFIL IT. I LACK THE COMPUTERS SKKILLS TO REALLY DO WHAT I WANT. I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO PROVIDE AN HONEST PRESENTATION WITH A USEFUL SERVICE TO HELP MYSELF AS WELL AS OTHERS. IT IS SO INFURIATING TO GET{MANY I JOINED} WITH THE SCAMS AND BAIT AND SWITCH TECHNIQUES USED BY MOST OF THE UNSCRUPULOUS/IMMORAL OFFERING PROGRAMS TO LITTERALY STEAL MY LAST DOLLAR FOR THEIR GAIN. HONESTY AND HARD WORK IS THE ONLY WAY I SEE TO BE HAPPY,PROSPEROUS AND IN THE REAL SENSE OF THE WORD “SUCESSFUL” THANX FOR YOUR TIME. THANKS AGAIN FOR THE PRESENTATION,GOT A LOT FROM IT.

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  264. hallo,

    haven’t seen the video yet (no time so far).

    Biggest obstacle? There are actually more than one.
    First, I don’t know how to decide on a niche. I don’t know enough about anything, but am passionate about one or maybe two different subjects (each for totally different reasons). Since I don’t have a monthly income either (I go begging for my daily bread – literally) I’m would very much like to go into this “Money-making” business, but am told there’s so much competition that only the best suceed (for me this only means that I have to become one of the best – but how to?). The second niche option that interests me isn’t profitable at all (at least for affilliates, which I would have to start with, as I’m a total newbie and have never done network marketing in my life). So the first obstacle – and that’s a real biggie – is not knowing for which niche to start building my first website, and without that I can’t start anything. Since I’m not an article writer either – in fact I hate writing – the only way putting something on my website at all that I can think of, is through getting content from others, and that seems to be easier at the “money-making” business; but I might be wrong here. What do you think?

    The second, but not less preventing obstacle is: I can’t pay anything that either needs to be repeated every month(or week), or big one time payments. I can invest small occasional sums; only after I earn already a fairly big amount every month will I be able to go on to bigger ventures.

    The third obstacle is: I’m not the youngest anymore, and call myself a computer and IT dummy, especially technical dummy, but not only technical. Although I’ve entered an online business school for IT/Network marketing, I’m the type who needs to speek to a human being – even if it’s on the phone – to sometimes pull me through some problem step by step. Otherwise it takes ages to write everything, then wait for who knows how long for an answer (sometimes never getting one); then something might have been misunderstood and the whole writing and waiting business starts all over again. In case there are many challenges coming up the amount of time wasted on this and the frustration if something can’t be solved that way might be limitless.
    I don’t have any friends either who know anything IT/Network marketing or even the technical computer stuff. So you can see I’m quite in a bind.

    Thank you for your interest; I only hope you’ll have some really good solutions – at least for my first and biggest obstacle. TIA!

    Bithia’h

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  265. Hello Scott

    I am really not sure. I have built a great website, but I’m not getting any orders. I have written articles, posted in forums, etc. I’ve had a lead capture form on my site since October. Also strange is until October, my PR went from a 5 to a zero. I’ve tried little things here and there to raise my PR back up, but I still have a PR of zero. Please advise

    Take care,

    Glenn

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  266. Rich,
    Focused, sufficient time, in agreement with principles in your videos re. Self – Momentum – Team – Structures – Growth – Freedom.

    I have some important tasks at hand: present business & community involvement and I do not want a 60 hour a week commitment for a few years on the way to financial freedom, which I have partially provided for anyway.

    I have an digital information project of crucial interest to me and to millions of others around the world that I want to monetize. I want to do this to provide the service for everyone’s benefit and make, say, $60K per year. Profits will be used to expand the service. Certainly able and willing to assemble a team and system to do this.

    This is an adjunct to important, satisfying work I’m doing right now.

    So here’s my question: What can you tell us PART-TIMERS about assembling such a system while keeping our productive, appreciated lives?
    Definitely interested in changing said productive life to suit if required.

    Thanks for your excellent give-a-ways. I do the same myself and want the extra $ automated to allow doing more.

    Peter

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  267. The biggest obstacle that is preventing me from gaining the momentum needed to bring the business to the next level would be time. I have the desire and drive for building a bussiness but day to day responsibilities, from work to family, need to be meant. I guess everyone has manage the time in order to accomplish building a bussiness, online or otherwise.

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  268. How do I get TRAFFIC? Affordable traffic? PPC is complicated and expensive–I haven’t figured it out yet–that is a whole university course all by itself! Thank you for giving us so much guidance on what to do once we do get traffic like copy, webmasters, OTO, upsell, downsell, etc. but I can’t do any of that until I get TRAFFIC. Thanks.

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  269. Our two biggest obstacles, having a excellent product like ours, are:
    – A not enough compelling offer.
    – Inefficient marketing systems ( low responses level) and our sales team must work trough a myriad of unqualified leads.

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  270. I just can’t get enthused about internet business. I guess it goes back to the old adage, that if it sounds too good to be true; it probably is. I looked at it, and it just doesn’t trip my trigger.

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  271. This video was fantastic! I too, took pages and pages of notes. An hour and a half turned into several, so I could get it all in.

    My biggest obstacle is getting people to my website. I have invested a large amount of mony in leads, etc. Still…not gaining momentum. I really need to get people to my website.

    I like the idea of establishing myself as the “expert”. I think locally I need to really get that going.

    Thanks so much for the information. It is invaluable.

    Jeannie

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  272. Rich, I’ve been closely watching the varied comments to your videos that you’ve so graciously put out there for MASS consumption. Great work, great follow-thru, great dedication. Period. Your refinement of some relatively complex ideas and strategies comes through clearly.

    I’ve been somewhat sitting on the sidelines observing the feedback. It’s seems like your audience has fragmented into two camps: those who get it, and those who don’t.

    It’s as if Strategic Profits has opened the door, yet now that the door is open, some of your readers are standing in the doorway paralyzed by the light.

    If people spent more time taking authorship of what this material means to them with the commited intention of integrating the material one piece at a time into their behavioral patterns they’d be much further ahead. Didn’t you cover that in the manifesto, and then again in one of your recent presentations? It’s been asked and answered.

    As for me, I’m on the verge of hitting full stride and generating more momentum than ever before. Your material has been invaluable in clarifying a few things – not that I didn’t understand them, but just by providing perspective to enable a shift in thinking.

    I wish I could say there’s something holding me back, but I’m already operating in fifth gear and about put it in sixth. This comment isn’t meant to be controversial, I think a lot of people need to be very real about how whether they are consciously APPLYING and IMPLEMENTING the information you’ve already given.

    Needless to say, I’m eagerly awaiting your new program.

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  273. Hi Rich,
    You’ve been the greatest when it comes to providing critical information in a manner accessible anyone. I totally dug your Manifestos, and walked around with dog-eared copies for weeks when they each came out. As an independent artist and producer the internet is an absolute blessing that ones such as yourself have helped de-mystify.
    The biggest obstacle that I face is having neither a team nor a mentor. I’ve figured out a way to combine music and internet marketing that I think is pretty unique and I have yet to see anyone else capitalizing on, it’s just a lot of time and multi-multi-multi tasking and aquiring new skill sets (which is just like learning another instrument).
    I appreciate your smarts, your tenacity, and especially your generosity!

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  274. This question is fascinating, particularly since the weight of Richard’s influence has permitted sufficient data for all of us to clearly identify captivating marketing information within the remarks and comments in his blog. Examined.org

    (Rich)
    “What is the biggest obstacle that is preventing you from gaining the momentum you need to bring your business to the next level?”

    Check out this list of some of the identified common themes within responses…

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    Business plan development
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    Cash flow
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    Cash flow – management
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    Coaching
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    Confusion
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    Converting traffic to SALES
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    Copywriting – Creating the right offer for the market
    Copywriting – Autoresponder email series
    Copywriting – Creating a powerful offer
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    Decision-making rubric – regarding business tools
    Delegating = Not knowing how to delegate responsibility
    Delegating tasks
    Delegating tasks
    Focus
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    Focus – Distraction – moving from one idea to another
    Focus – Learning how to stay focused on what is important
    Focus – Wasting money on other opportunities
    Focus – what to spend my time on
    Focus – what will actually make me money
    Follow through from product development to sales
    Fulfillment problems in countries that don’t have these services available
    Getting started
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    Goal setting
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    Health challenges – personal
    Health problems
    How to begin / start
    I don’t have any idea what to do first.
    Ideas
    Implementation rubric
    Incomplete information – that doesn’t contain the blueprint to what I should do to be
    Information overload
    Information overload
    Information overload
    Information overload
    Information overload
    Information overload
    Information overload
    Information overload
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    Internet access
    Internet marketing education
    Internet tool basics
    Keywords
    Keywords
    Lead capture page training
    Lead generation
    Lead generation- Cost effective
    Leads
    Learning how to build a business that will help me make an income
    Legal and tax issues
    Legal side of Internet business
    List building
    List building
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    List response
    Mailing list
    Market analysis – Determine what product to sell
    Market analysis – Determining a niche to focus in on
    Market analysis – Finding the right product
    Market analysis – identify a good niche for myself
    Market analysis – identify a market
    Market analysis – identify a specific market to specialize in
    Market analysis – identify if niche is good or not and then what product to sell
    Market analysis – identify the right tools to use for building my business
    Market analysis – Identifying a market
    Market analysis – Identifying a market that has a good ROI ratio
    Market analysis – Identifying profitable niche markets
    Market analysis – Recognizing a good niche market to get involved with
    Market analysis – Understanding how to determine a good market niche
    Market analysis – What to offer the market
    Market analysis – What to offer the market
    Market research
    Market that I am in is too specialized
    Marketing
    Marketing – Differentiating my business in a popular market
    Marketing plan
    Marketing system
    Marketing system development
    Mission statement
    Mission statement
    Mission statement
    Money
    Money
    Money
    Money
    Money
    Money
    Money
    Money
    Money
    Money
    Money
    Money
    Money
    Money – for business education
    Money – advertising on Yahoo
    Money – build a list
    Money – business development
    Money – business expansion
    Money – business expansion
    Money – business expansion
    Money – business expansion
    Money – get started
    Money – get started
    Money – operating capital
    Money – operating capital
    Money – operating capital
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    Money – operating capital
    Money – operating capital
    Money – operating capital
    Money – operating capital
    Money – operating capital
    Money – operating capital
    Money – outsourcing
    Money – outsourcing
    Money – personal challenges
    Money – personal challenges
    Money – personal challenges
    Money – personal survival
    Money – ROI
    Money – Start up
    Money – Start up
    Money – Start up
    Money – start up
    Money – start up
    Negativity from my significant other
    Network marketing – Networking
    Network marketing – Networking
    Network marketing – training, how to build my network marketing business
    Network marketing – Identifying the right team to help me build my business
    Network marketing – Recruiting
    Network marketing – Recruiting
    Objectives
    Objectives
    Other commitments
    Outsourced HR- finding competent resources
    Outsourced HR- finding competent resources
    Outsourced HR- finding competent resources
    Outsourced HR- finding competent resources
    Outsourced service providers not meeting objectives
    Outsourcing
    Outsourcing
    Outsourcing – managing them
    Outsourcing other than e lance
    Overworked with job
    Paralyses by analysis
    Paralyses by analysis
    Paralyses by analysis
    Paralyses by analysis
    Paralyses by analysis
    Personal development
    Personal development
    Personal development – – Don’t know where to start
    Personal development – building confidence
    Personal development – Commitment to goals
    Personal development – Commitment to goals
    Personal development – Confidence
    Personal development – Confidence
    Personal development – Confidence
    Personal development – Confidence
    Personal development – Convincing people that my projects are valuable and worthwhile
    Personal development – Convincing people to believe in my vision
    Personal development – Courage – to change
    Personal development – Courage – to change
    Personal development – Decision making
    Personal development – Decision making
    Personal development – Doubt
    Personal development – Doubt
    Personal development – Fear
    Personal development – Fear
    Personal development – Fear
    Personal development – finding something I can trust
    Personal Development – Indecision about what the best thing to do is
    Personal Development – Initial motivation in getting started
    Personal development – Lack of confidence
    Personal development – Laziness
    Personal development – Leadership in getting people Accountable for their own success
    Personal development – limitations
    Personal development – Low energy
    Personal development – Motivating other people through managing them
    Personal development – Motivating people to action
    Personal development – Motivating people to action
    Personal development – Motivating people to action
    Personal development – Motivating people to action
    Personal development – Motivating people to action
    Personal development – Motivation
    Personal development – Myself
    Personal development – Myself
    Personal development – Myself
    Personal development – Myself
    Personal development – Myself
    Personal development – Not knowing how to train (manage) other people
    Personal development – overcoming distraction
    Personal development – patience
    Personal development – Persistence
    Personal development – Personal direction
    Personal development – Personal energy
    Personal development – Persuading people to believe in my vision
    Personal development – Persuading people to buy into my business vision
    Personal development – Procrastination
    Personal development – Procrastination
    Personal development – Procrastination
    Personal development – Procrastination
    Personal development – Procrastination
    Personal development – Procrastination
    Personal development – Self-confidence
    Personal development – Stuck in first gear
    Personal development – Stuck in startup stage
    Personal development – Stuck in startup stage
    Personal development – Stuck in startup stage
    Personal development – Understanding personal limitations
    Personal direction – Don’t know how to start
    Personal finance challenges
    Personal financial problems
    Personal health challenges
    Personal health issues preventing me from growing my business
    Plan of action
    Plan of action
    Plan of action
    Plan of action
    Plan of action
    Plan of action
    Plan of action
    Plan of action
    Plan of action
    Poor conversion ratio
    Prioritization
    Prioritizing
    Prioritizing issues
    Prioritizing my tasks towards success
    Prioritizing tasks
    Prioritizing tasks
    PRIORITIZING tasks
    Prioritizing tasks
    Prioritizing tasks towards my goal
    Product creation
    Product creation
    Product creation
    Product development – Creating something unique that people want to buy
    Promotion and advertising
    Prospect building
    Prospecting
    Prospecting
    Prospecting – Gathering of New prospects
    Sales – getting more customers
    Salesmanship skills
    Services available in an area that doesn’t support such services
    Services available in an area that doesn’t support such services
    Spending money on programs on not on building a business
    Step-by-step business plan
    Step-by-step manual
    Step-by-step marketing system
    Step-by-step plan
    Step-by-step plan
    Step-by-step plan of action
    Step-by-step plan of action
    Step-by-step plan of action
    Step-by-step program that helps develop a business from start to finish
    Step-by-step, paint-by-numbers system for building an internet business
    Strategic alignment
    Strategic alignment of tasks
    Strategic alignment of tasks
    Strategic alignment of tasks
    Strategic plan
    Suppliers not meeting objectives
    Taking on too many tasks
    Task alignment – Lack of strategically aligned tasks that align me towards profitability
    Task alignment – Determine which tasks are most important
    Task analysis – Identifying a profitable activity versus unprofitable activities
    Task management
    Task Overload
    Task Overload
    Team building
    Technical – Installing internal marketing systems
    Time management
    Time management
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    Time management
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    Time management
    Time management
    Time management
    Time management
    Time management
    Time management
    Time management – lack of time to focus on business growth
    Time management – not enough time
    Time management – not enough time
    Time management – not enough time
    Time management – Prioritizing my time
    Time management – prioritizing tasks
    Time management.
    Time management.
    Too comfortable in my job to make a change
    Traffic
    Traffic
    Traffic
    Traffic
    Traffic
    Traffic
    Traffic
    Traffic
    Traffic
    Traffic
    Traffic building
    Traffic building
    Traffic building techniques
    Traffic generation.
    Traffic to website
    Training Employees
    Transforming business dreams into business reality
    Transforming people into buyers
    Vision statement
    Vision statement
    Vision statement
    Web site development
    Web site management
    Website – Developing a successful site
    Website building
    Website building
    Website content
    Website development knowledge
    Website optimization strategies

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    very interesting, very useful. Richard, thank you for the question.

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  275. Hi Rich,

    The biggest obstacle from preventing me from gaining momentum is ME.

    I mean I have the time and it doesn’t take a whole lot of cash to set up a website. If you went with affiliate marketing you don’t even have to have a site!

    I am an ‘underachiever’ from Ed & Frank’s site so finding a good niche is now easy.

    Traffic is cheap and easy when you use social networks like YouTube, Squidoo, My Space and Tribe. Combine that with writing articles and submitting them to article directories. Plus, a couple of PRs and you are set for traffic.

    There are plenty of free web templates where you just plug and play, so no obstacle there.

    So, I know the steps, have study and researched it, made money when I actually completed the projects (niche markets), so I know the plan works and just needs to be expanded.

    Yet, I seem to fear something and stop before I gain the momentum. I procrastinate on everything. I avoid want needs to be done for enjoyment of other things; like walks in the park, playing with my cats and watching movies.

    I know I am not just ‘lazy’. I think it is a fear of something . . . maybe ‘success’. Why would I be afraid of that?

    -Connie

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  276. Rich,
    I agree that your video was extremely informative and motivational. It put my train of thought on a different plane. Momentum, however has created some resistance in my progress. I feel as though that I have established my website to the point where I am ready for a swarm of good traffic but am a little timid on where and how to market it in order to build m list. I have tried several avenues but am not getting the results that I want. Granted, I am fairly new to Internet Marketing, but would love to take it to a new level. I appreciate all that you do. Another obstacle wold be a good program to promote. If there would be any opportunity to promote your product as an affiliate, I would love to see what you have to offer. I would also like some more information about your mentoring and training programs. Thank again.

    Uli Rabeiro
    ICM Group,LLC
    http://www.freeyourincome.com

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  277. dear rich, its fantastic to read the success stories. yet its real ass to get the website running and getting the list of members to visit yr site. it takes a lot of mny to get the things together and then there are no customers. this is what is IM, isn’t it.

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  278. Hi Rich,

    I’m just getting started. I need names of companies who do the following work:
    1. Membership Web site.
    2. Auto responder.
    3. Shopping cart.
    4. Merchant account.

    Thank you for your help

    Frank

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  279. Rich, you asked for obstacles… since Wm provided the mother of all lists… I will simply expand on a few that affect our progress.
    – driving traffic to our site for lowest possible cost
    – increasing traffic from specific geographies to a given site
    – Mapping out start to end processes and being able to delegate specific processes to others with consistent, high quality results that our Customers expect and pay for.
    – sourcing products at lowest possible cost so that we can afford to spend a fortune marketing the product
    – building good lists
    – legal issues with specific geographies (if you want to sell a health product such as a diet supplement or vitamin, many countries do not allow sellers to make claims that are not 100% fact based and certified) Authorities can shut down such websites before the first goods ever ship – and we are only refering to legal products here… the issue lies with the claims that people make while marketing such products.

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  280. Haven’t seen the video yet.

    My challenge is to get the project off the ground: get/build a website, sign up for autoresponders, and order-taking service, *have a product*, build that absolutely vital list. I have a zillion ebooks but no copy and no idea how to narrow down to a niche market.

    I know the magic formula: find a niche, find what they want, make connections to get what they want to that market – but without a list, how/where does the initial launch take place?? BAM – hit a wall.

    Thanks Rich, your stuff is great – just gotta figure out the combination to the money vault…

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  281. My business is just about ready to take off in Phase one (a service which reflects who I am). I will need to create an ebook in order to monetize something other than my sweat and blood. Will need advice on how to write it..
    Thanks for your generous information…It has changed me forever… Donna Ingram

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  282. Rich;
    My biggest obstical is focus. I have been easily distracted by information overload and have jumped from one unfinished project to another.

    I am now commited to finishing one project at a time.

    John

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  283. Hi Rich,

    First of all, your video series is completely awesome, I was GLUDED to them !

    Answer to question: Lack of product ( still having a difficult time discovering what my niche may be). Also, is it possible to apply the momentum application to Affiliate Marketing?

    Last, but not least, is information overload. I have so much info on my hard drives, I could fill a library !

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks Rich,
    Paul Proffitt
    ProWin Brands LLC

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  284. Hi Rich
    I’m hoping to figure out a way to build a list. I know the formula, am sending out lots of emails but getting discouraged. I need someone to see the value in my audio books as an additional product in their multiple streams of income plan. Also, it would be a good way for someone who has a list that needs rejeuvenating to spark some interest.

    I really have a great product and a super opportunity for the right person. That’s what keeps me motivated!
    Can you connect me with someone who needs what I have?
    thanks for all you great ideas and encouragement
    Millie

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  285. Hi Everybody!

    The obstacles are clear for me:

    I need more time to create an e-book, my friend an co-founder does not know english but he can still develop a site
    We need cash before gaining momentum
    A seed capital to launch advetising as little as 5000 $?

    Don’t know how to find the ressources and the right guys to involve in our business

    But We will do it

    Jacques Rinck
    Omniumcom LLC

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  286. 1. Qualifications and integrity – I don’t feel I am an expert on anything and I don’t want to hitch-hike other peoples’ ideas.
    2. No ‘franchise’ or ‘niche’ chosen yet – my current interest is starting an internet business, but that as a ‘passion’ is an ‘also ran’ and another website on that wouldn’t stand out in the crowd, so what do I find to market?
    3. Time – I am currently working full time in corporate world, so I find it difficult when I come home to switch off work and switch onto my internet career.
    4. Finances – If I had six months’ salary saved, I would leave my job and just go for it no matter what.
    5. Technically challenged – as a beginner I don’t have money to farm out tasks at the moment in the pre-momentum stage.

    That’s enough for now!!! Thanks for great videos Rich.
    Anne

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  287. Hi Rich’

    I read some coments about your video. My biggest problem to make my earning is the money, first at all. For me, from Romania $100 are big problem.
    Than, I have a website under construction, but I am alone and I work full time
    job and when I came home I am very tired. I am woman and I have to do other
    things around home, because I am single, with a child and I need to watch her.
    Another motive is a list. I read many books about how to build a list, but, till now.
    I was not able to have a list of my own. I will make my website, I have products to sell, but…..! Where is my list?
    And, at last, but not least, is to write mails. English is not my first language
    and for me is not so easy to write emails to sell my products.

    Thank you for letting me to post my comment at your blog.
    You are a BIG man.
    Alexandrina

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  288. So much I do not know how to do: How to put out an ad and where to put it. How to get an autoresponder and how to use it. I read that I should place dozens and dozens of ads, where and how to get them? The same one over and over?
    Every day I read about optimizing this, that and the other thing. It sounds good but how to do it?

    the

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  289. I believe the reason i’m not moving forward is due to a lack of a ‘why?’. I heard recently that successful people get things done and ‘achieve’ due to the ‘desire’ to move ahead rather than out of ‘fear’.

    I need to know how to develop my desire so that when i sit down to get something done, it gets done!

    Can you offer some advice?

    Thanks in advance

    Shiv

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  290. Hi Rich,

    Wow, I have read at least 30 posts here, and I came to the conclusion that most of us are suffering from a similar problem – Lack of Strategic in all direction of Internet business, including myself. It is so darn easy to get into the trap of following the so called ‘Gurus’ and become paralized with so many ‘experts’.

    Most of Internet Marketers are there for a ‘quick kill’, I personally don’t think they know what they are talking about —- maybe Rich is different — it appears to be. the Internet has become a real Jungle with hungry and wild depratadors who just want our money — I’m not saying this is the case or Rich. Again, I think he seems to know what is talking about, but I do leave a door a skepticism. Having said that, I most admit that I never have seen any other Internet Marketer giving for gree what Rich has…so a BIG HURRA for that!!! The content if the videos are of great value, and not doubt of many common sense.

    Well, I may be one of those who will try to join…..I can wait for more goodies!

    Good luck to all of you….we all deserve to be successful (as long as our intentions are good:-)

    Ruth

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  291. Hey Rich,
    just so you know, I have made more progress with my business this year than in the previous three years combined. So, This is just to say Thanks for doing what you are doing. I am a member of IWA and I am soooo impressed by th equality of the material.

    Consider this to be a testimonial

    Michael

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  292. Rich,

    Considering that:
    1. “Marketing is bringing the market to desire your product or service”
    2. “The Aim of Marketing is to make selling superfluous”
    3. “The more you give away, the more people will want to buy from you”
    4. “The sooner you ask for money, the less you get”

    It seems the best approach to launch a product or service is like you (and others) do: Offer free and good content first then launch your product/service later (on a specific date).

    But you and other well known entrepreneurs can do this easily because you already have a big mailing list and can easily get JV partners to promote the products/services.

    Considering also that the biggest obstacle to marketing effectiveness is “Not enough attention to meet the information demands of business & society”

    How can someone, that is trying to launch his/her first product/service without a mailing list, get the attention of the market to follow the same approach – give away first and launch the product/service later on a specific date?
    I know one of the best solutions is to get JV partners, but JV partners often requires conversions rates first before promoting a product/service. If we are trying to give away first and launch later, there’s no sales conversion rates because the product/service wasn’t launched yet, so it’s difficult to get JV partners to promote using this product/service launch model.

    Isn’t this a wrong approach to someone that is trying to “gaining the momentum” when launching their first product/service?

    Isn’t better to launch a product/service with a system that gives away good content first (like the reverse squeeze page technique by John Reese) and in the process request the email and present the offer (either by sending the prospects to a sales letter or on a follow-up email sequence)? This could eventually help to attract some JV partners because the product is already launched.

    What are your thoughts and recommendations?

    Thanks.

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  293. http://www.bizferret1.com, and couple of FFN realestate buy/sell sites, and many courses on DVDs, CDs, and scheduled online courses, etc. I am overly cluttered with information influx. This is what is slowing my processes down, thus I am unraveling web business structure; needs some hosting provider changes (CGI required). Real estate I have narrowed down to Commercial and Pre-Foreclosure.

    My funding is at a minimum, thus I am deciding on where to start first. In otherwords, which opportunity would be fastest in funding itself.

    Your presentations have been terrific in forcing me to look more closely at a place to Focus. I have so much information coming at me, that the original manual you sent out months ago, with the complete business model diagrams are misplaced.
    Thanks again for your insights.

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  294. Great videos……tho I listen to the mp3’s while I’m working – ‘specially enjoyed the interviews with Johnson, Edwards and Filsaime.
    In my offline business the main hurdle is cash flow…….can’t seem to get the momentum to be able to hire on the staff needed…tho listening to you is giving great ideas…so hopefully we’ll break the barrier.
    The online problems have been distraction. Too much information….too many guru’s all saying go this way and that; I’ve basically decided to focus on yourself and Joel Comm ( as I bought into the Adsense templates) . I’ve recently purcased Xsitepro that I find really helpful and aim to get up to full speed by Easter.

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  295. My main barriers seem to be a habit of a lack of confidence that interferes with me (a) defining and really implementing an effective concept in niches in one (or a combination) of 3 fields that I really love and enjoy – watermedia art studies; renewable energy systems for businesses communities or consumers; and sailing mid-sized boats;
    (b) taking enough time/money (away from my low paid consulting job) to fully design and implement a successful web business that would turn my ideas, skills and dreams into real opportunities as Rich has described.
    Otherwise I have most of the characteristics of an entrepreneur, and can work on those weaker ones.

    Information from your Startup to Freedom training weekend your previous material, and the introduction material for the Business Growth group is very helpful to me.

    My concern with your Business Growth Program is whether it will really provide focused and useful information for someone like me with business skills, but at the beginning of an entrepreneurial business; or should I work through these early stages with another effective system that does may not have the breadth and depth of yours for a business at more advanced stages?

    I have a lot of experience as a business and economic consultant in British Columbia, in resource and other industries, as well as a passion for art and spiritual development/healing, particularly Kiatsu and Ki Aikido, and sailing.

    After stopping (myself) more than a year ago, I have returned to using what appears to be a very good web business development and marketing system to create a great web business. Since I have several interests and a number of skills, for 2 weeks, I have been in the process of defining and sorting and culling the concepts with the most potential.

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  296. I have purchased more information than anyone I know. I paid a lot to be Mentored. The results have been the same and the sales letters never live up to what they promise. Product generation is not easy and cheap and the market is saturated with rubbish. My resources are depleated and my faith shattered as I don’t think any one of the so-called GURU’S can deliver like they promise! It seems like its all about shifting ebooks, courses then mentoring for profit and not results. None of them are ever accountable, have disclaimers and know that your not ever going to chase to get your $97.00 or whatever back!

    I liked the Video it had good content and was informative. My questions are:

    1) Are you accountable?

    2) Can you deliver?

    3) What is your success rate with people who HAVE NOT been involved in the Internet Business for more than a year?

    4) How much does it really take to get started?

    5) How long does it take get started and more importantly ESTABLISHED?

    I know that some of the above you will put down to each and every individual but there must be a guide. If I were to hire a CEO with the right credentials then you would expect them to hit there targets in a certain time frame and financial budget.

    I have many more questions but don’t want to Hog-The-Blog! (Might use that as a Domain Name! Got a nice ring to it! Dont steal it you guys! My Lawyers are watching!)

    Regards and best wishes to all that try to achieve their dreams,

    Michael

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  297. A BIG THANKS for asking the question!!!
    You got me to really look and see that there was an obstacle and by getting me to put it into words on this blog (my 3 blog posts over the last 12 hours) , I ended up waking up very early this morning today — I could not get this off my mind — and I realized – duh – I am the one who has this answer — I am the one who knows what I really want to do here – then I made the decision to really create this – the way I had always really wanted my ideal business to be….. After years and years of all the work , work and research and groundwork I have been doing in preparation for this ideal business.. I am here now, READY to CARRY OUT ALL THE STEPS NEEDED to produce these products/services and launch my ideal online business – I DECIDED to ABSOLUTELY launch it this year!

    Now, I JUST HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO – but the decision is fully in place and now I will create and find any remaining answers needed.

    Today, I started creating my own sequential blueprint sequence of steps and I will watch eagerly for your upcoming wise words and advice, and use whatever I can to improve my blueprint plan!

    Many many thanks for creating your very very cool approach to all this – your are really paving the way for the cyberspace entrepeneurs of the future – BIG TIME!!!!
    Changing the course of history , no kidding!

    Sincerely,

    Dr Betsy

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  298. Getting targeted visitors to my and getting them to stay long enough to look around and make a decision to purchase.

    I get visitors but they do not seem to stay long in fact most of my visitors leave in 30seconds or so. This either means that I am not getting people who are interested in my niche or there is something about my home page that is not working, I have tried all sorts of things and nothing seems to change.

    Love and Light
    Colleen

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  299. Time is an excuse. Focus is an excuse. Finances is an excuse. Not getting started is an excuse. Challenges are opportunities. Failures are learning experiences. The question really is what are you willing to sacrifuice now to grow your business and are you willing to work at least two years minalmilly compensated, with no guarantees, to get the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to master internet marketing. We all know there are no shortcuts, but deep down inside we’re all still hoping one will pop up. So the biggest challenge is clearly defining your vision, mission, strategy,and action plan as many times as necessary to get the job done. Or face reality and go back to work. Stop fooling yourself and wasting your time.

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  300. Hey Rich,

    Again You are pouring a blessing and really abundance
    will always be in your house.That’s a real good talking
    to about business. Gaining Momentum with Path of Life
    Newsletter just needs a Squeeze to build a list and
    make our goal by age 65. I’m currently 57 years young
    and we have been practicing publishing seven years in
    March 2007. Most don’t know it, but we have one eye
    working from this computer moniter.

    I’ve spent thousands learning what we know at this
    point and your work has really been a Big blessing
    that made us really aware of Focus. Being a Retired
    FireFighter, in 2005 we Blogged about after 28 years
    of service we Retired from what I consider to be ONE
    of the Greatest Systems the world has to offer, Rich
    that is Fire Department Operations.

    I’m glad You came along showed me how to use these
    perceptions in Internet Marketing.Since I’m Bible
    centered First, we have been called as MANY MORE to
    use the Internet to spread God’s Word in the
    workmanship of Christ Jesus Our Lord.

    So many have been Blessed for this endeavor Online
    and the world enemy of greed has confused the mind
    of many. Rich, it is very Refreshing to see thoughts
    come in this sphere. Really, I’m not trying in no
    form or fashion to do anything but share the truth.
    Grace and truth were realized in Jesus Christ.

    God Almighty will supply all our needs. We now as
    mankind or not our own. You know who told me to
    write You, and You also know who it is God told
    You would send this note. Thank You Rich, Your
    labor in not in vain. Later Jim

    You are appreciated, even if You do no more!
    God is love! FaithWorks…

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  301. Biggest obstacle is having the resources to hire people to do the mundane work necessary to my businesses. Since the financial resources aren’t there, the work that’s not my specialty continues to take longer than it should and prevent me from going to the next level. Moving to that next level would really catapult the businesses beyond “just making a living.”

    Thanks for your information!

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  302. Hi R$ch,
    My biggest obstacle has been cash.
    I have tried the affiliate route, but did not have the knowledge to put up squeeze page/opt-in page. I just recently hired a programer, and he has already finished 5 adsense sites, which I will be uploading in the next couple of days. Waiting for my new Domain Name to propagate. Hopefully, this will start to give me some cash flow, so I can then use some of the PLR content that I have purchased, and/or subscribed to.
    Thanks for this opportunity to get this off my mind, and into print.
    Can’t wait to read your comments.

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  303. One step at a time.
    I haven’t even seen the video because there is only dial up in this backwoods I like to call home. have to take the laptop into town to an internet cafe for highspeed so that the vid will actually play.

    but..there is no point until i am ready.

    Now have a stable place to live, and am starting an almost full time job that I can completely ingore when I leave work so it is not dragging my brain around.

    Once the learning curve is over and the financial chaos has finished settling, then time to pursue the internet business.
    In the meantime, I am not interested in most of the “secret to success stuff”;
    because I know from the crash and burn of my first business, that first you get organized.
    What do you want to sell?
    Why would you want to buy it? (If you don’t know then how are you going to convince any one else?)
    Who do you want to sell it to? Why?
    Is it something that will be resold ie consumable?
    IS THERE ANY INTEGRITY in what you are trying to sell?
    Can you sleep at night knowing what you are doing?

    So my obstacle is not an obstacle; just the need for patience and perceverance.

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  304. Hi Rich,
    I’m computer illiterate when it comes to building a web site.
    I’ve downloaded a web site template to my desktop, but when I asked for instructions to put it into my html service to add my text information, I was told that I’d be able to figure it out myself.
    That’s like me telling a blind man to watch his step!

    Any suggestions?

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  305. Hi Rich,
    I haven’t looked at the video yet but there are a no of things that could be better with my set up. I have the website and am submitting articles to the directories. I have an adwords a/c set up. I need to get affiliates next step and do more advertising here and there as low cost as possible. I would like to have more sites but I think I want to get revenue coming in to this one first before taking on another project. (I learned this from Mike Filsaime)
    Time is a factor as I have a full time job and can only work at this part time so far.
    Best Wishes
    Tim

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  306. The main thing i brought away from your excellent material was the importance of IDENTITY. That is the key from which everything grows. You and your business’s identity should be one and the same thing. Only then can you become an expert and get belief in yourself and from others. If you can describe your identity with passion then you are onto something. My main problem is building a funnel of products all with irresistible offers. As you say good product + irresistible offer way outweighs anything else. I can’t seem to come up with an irresistible offer that doesn’t include a money back guarantee – do they have to be based on Domino’s Pizza 15mins or free classic ? Also it’s a bit catch 22 getting the successful use of your product without previous successful uses of your product. Testimonials out of thin air ? Thanks, Shaun.

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  307. Although I’m not in “e-commerce” I found your presentations immensely helpful for any business situation, especially my own. In my case it helps me to re-focus on what is really important. Thank you.

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  308. Rich-

    Thank you so much for the video. I am in the early stages of doing much of what you covered (establishing myself as an expert in my field, producing products, learning about internet marketing, building a website, etc.). At times it’s overwhelming, especially since I’m trying to do this while running another business full-time. Your video really helped me to start to see the big picture (I’m beginning to see the forest, whereas I feel that for the past few months I’ve been staring point-blank at a bunch of individual trees). Thank you so much. Please, keep the information coming!

    Now, to answer your question: right now, my biggest constraint is resources. I have enough knowledge to start producing information products, and while I don’t have a customer list yet, through my public speaking I can start to build that list fairly quickly, but I need to know some secrets (if they exist) for getting the resources to do marketing, hire good employees, etc. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Willy

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  309. What a great video Rich,… many thanks.

    The biggest obstacle has to be overwhelm.

    It’s so easy to stir around in your extensive to do lists, but focus is definitely the key to dealing with overwhelm.

    Thanks so much for all your help, it’s much appreciated.

    Cheers, Kyle

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  310. Biggest obstacle? Finding the right niche, focusing on the right opportunity to pursuit, escaping from all the internet Marketing “gurus” who are always trying to buy anything from them.

    It will be excellent if you can provide a short list of newsletter or forums that a newcomer like many of us can suscribe and learn from.

    Thanks for all your help!!!!

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  311. Hi Rich,

    Do you think it’s possible to apply all your principles for websites of people who speaks both spanish and english language??

    Thanks again,

    Roger

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  312. Thanks for asking the question. I had to really take a look at what I’ve been doing. What I realize is that the biggest obstacle is myself! I am working very hard on too many projects at once — and without using a systematic approach on any of them. So I’m stuck in the “Building Momentum” stage and will probably be here forever if I don’t make some changes. Thanks again. Mona

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  313. Rich

    Reckon the main dilemma is choosing which Internet Business to be in. (I made a long post about this before.)

    But “J Williams” above I reckon has made a bigger point perfectly:

    Quoting JW:

    “Time is an excuse.
    Focus is an excuse.
    Finances is an excuse.
    Not getting started is an excuse.

    Challenges are opportunities.
    Failures are learning experiences.

    The question really is what are you willing to sacrifice now to grow your business and are you willing to work at least two years minimally compensated, with no guarantees, to get the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to master internet marketing.

    We all know there are no shortcuts, but deep down inside we’re all still hoping one will pop up. So the biggest challenge is clearly defining your vision, mission, strategy,and action plan as many times as necessary to get the job done. Or face reality and go back to work.

    Stop fooling yourself and wasting your time.”

    End of quote.

    Ouch … but TRUE!!!

    Jonathan

    http://ViralAlchemy.com

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  314. Don’t have a website yet. Still trying to come with an idea. That’s my issue.

    I feel comfortable on the other hand getting traffic to my site (I’ve done plenty of research) and building a site ( I’m reasonably savvy technically), even somewaht comfortable with writing content.

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  315. I am a registered nurse living in the Northern Mariana Islands, I am also enrolled in your one year coaching program. I am moving to Dallas, Texas in October of this year to work and hopefully open a nursing business in the next two to three years depending on how fast I can compile my competitive intelligence and strategy research. I also need to save some money so that I can have the initial capital to launch my business.

    My question is two part: First, do you have any advice on how I can get financial assistance for my start up without having to work full time for the next three years. Second, do you have any recommendation for someone operating a healthcare business online….as far as joint ventures, back end products.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am hoping that you would be able to work with me to launch my business someday. Thank you and I must say, I have learned a whole lot about business, time management and myself in these past couple of months. Keep up the excellent work that you do.

    Larry C. Ngiraswei, RN

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  316. Trust in the other person on the other side of my monitor, focus understanding what comes first, the web page, with KILLER salescopy or the list – spent too much money on a web site and never got the hits or more importantly who the hits were!

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  317. i don’t want this to sound like a sales pitch, there is no pressure on our site to buy anything, but for those that are stuck we might be a possible option, if we aren’t an option, then several people on our site might be. for those that want to start asking better questions we have a place for you. if you are not sure what you want to do but want to do something we can offer you options.
    http://mysuccessgateway.com

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  318. To me, Rich, the biggest obstacle has always been the false foundation I was trying to build my business on. After many painful disappointments, I finally realized (at the cost of several thousands of dollars and some lost, frustrating years!) that I simply can’t build a successful business based on MLM formula.

    Thank you, Mike Filsaime for my final awakening!

    And thank YOU, Rich, for bringing THE RIGHT FOUNDATION to all of us! God Bless you and please do not stop the fantastic elightenment process that you’ve started. I know that we will all benefit from that, including yourself.

    At last, here comes someone we’ve been waiting for, for all those years!
    If only I knew this before…

    -Val

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  319. I’m in the exact case like Ron said” i guess the biggest obstacle that is hold me back now is myself. i can’t seem to just get stuff done. i don’t know why. it seems like i have all the right knowledge, and even my niche picked out, but i just don’t execute. always seems like life gets in the way.”

    HELP PLEASE!!!

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  320. You are doing very well, an interesting question, and one that leads to many ideas. Well what is holding me back, lack of techy knowledge, but I am new and learning have my idea am putting the puzzle together. Your video was good very imformative and free which I like, and am more encouraged to do business with you, so it worked to! Hope the problem solveing goes welll for you.

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  321. Hi Rich
    I have purchased manysystems but not one has given me the step-by-step, paint-by-numbers kind of system that will take me from a “dummy” to an effective “newbie” who can add affiliates, handle auto-responders, set up newsletters etc and all the other things that will make me competent to run a website.
    I haven’t got a clue what to do with some of the “stuff” that I’ve bought. Wpuld really appreciate your comments.
    Thanks a lot
    Ted

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  322. What is holding me back? I am conducting a pipeline survey from Wisconsin to Canada in which I am away from home 12 of every 14 days. I have been gone for the past 5 months. I work about 11 hours a day, most of which is spent outdoors in subzero temperatures and deep snow. When I get to my motel at night, I have about 2 hours of computer work before going to sleep. After working outdoors all day in the cold, it’s all I can do to stay awake long enough to complete my survey work.

    What is holding me back? The absence of available time!

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  323. Hi,I over all liked your two recent free videos.I do wish you could have pointed out more specific marketing strategies to increase getting a customer base.Lastly I think the point you made about getting people’s attention is right on point and can you give my website blog some of your opinion attention on how I can improve it.Thanks and jesus is blessing us all,amen.

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  324. I have had success building physical businesses in the past but always I held a vision of a product or service that would, and did, sell well. Unitl now I have not been able to connect with a product I believed would sell. I am inviting that connection into my life so I can get on with building my own successful internet business.

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  325. My biggest obsicle are the ideas I have, I have some amazing ideas for websites that
    will literally overload with cashflow. The problem orients in that building these sites takes allot of programing that I cant do and I cant afford. I have had numerous of offers
    ranging from 60k$ – 300k$ – something I really cant afford.
    That is my biggest problem.

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  326. Hi Rich
    You ask a great question and it is one that I too have often wondered. For me, after having great success with my online business and building a great deal of wealth, only to have it stolen from me by the very people I was working for (long sad legal, expensive story).
    Rebuilding the business has proven more difficult. I had a niche when I was selling for a specific company, but now I am trying to provide my own services, both webdesign, ebook writing and Online Business coaching (have a peek at my blog, it covers all aspects of online business) I am now finally seeing some success at this, but have still failed at building my list up properly. It seems I know the drill but can’t seem to follow through.
    Any tips that don’t involve a lot of cost? I am not really interested in those “downline building” lists, they don’t work unless you have people to add to them yourself. I mean getting good, interested specific to what I am offering type of lists.
    My ultimate goal is to offer my clients Great Canadian Hospitality and keep them as clients by rewarding and nurturing them as I would like to be nurtured. Is that strange in today’s marketplace? I hope so, as it will then become my branding! LOL

    Greetings Rich! keep up the Great work!!!
    Duane Forrest
    http://profitnowonline.blogspot.com
    http://duaneforrest.com

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  327. Holding me back: 1) Same as others in this blog, all that I learn I need to do cost’s money I don’t yet have. Any of you mentors want to guide me to upgrade my webpage for a commision on future sales? Site’s been up over a year.
    2) Not your problem, but I am still stuck on snail web service. It takes hours to download anything you send me as a video. Sorry, I’m waiting for Satallite Service in my area because I don’t have DSL or Cable available.
    3) I too, like others on this blog have sent mulitble messages to various mentors about specific questions I need answer with no reply. It’s like ya’ll are pouring out lot’s of data/offers with the attitude, ok he’s hooked, aweber will send him lot’s of stuff, I don’t have to bother with reading his emails, he’ll work it out. If I could have figered out, I wouldn’t have wasted my time sending an email. Duh

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  328. Colleen, you pretty much read my thoughts. And well said, I might add. Would love to chat sometime. Is there any way those of us who comment can connect?

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  329. Hi Rich,

    Awesome video. Thanks. I can truly see that this is your passion and I am thrilled for you. To your question – what is holding me back is a multi-faceted question. I struggle with cash flow and therefore, feel like I can’t outsource anything at this time – at least not in exchange for money. I also have a focus issue. I tend to jump around a lot probably due to information overload. I need to figure out what my first steps need to be. I also feel I need to get a handle on list building (although I do need a website first 🙂

    I used to think that “if only I could find a step-by-step plan I would be successful” but know I realized from your seminar that this is thinking like an employee and I need to think outside of the box. I think it all boils down to just building up self confidence to really start taking those first steps instead of being held back by fear and doubt.

    I also am a perfectionist in the true sense of the word so I need to realize that my first few steps will need a lot of improvement and that it will be an ongoing thing.

    Ken

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  330. Hi Rich

    Just finished watching the intro video – as usual, your work is exceptional and right on the money. In short, I am lacking in the courage and confidence to achieve my vision. What I mean is that I know that the business will reach its targets, but too often feel overwhelmed with the uncertain cash flow and – to be honest – a less than efficient profit model.

    So, a clearly defined profit model and the peace of mind to accept that success will come.

    Thanks Rich – let this awesome ride continue.

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  331. How do you get past the spam filters when you send out hundreds or thousands of email announcements? I have a good book I would like to sell but no way to get the word out. The one mail co I have used will only allow a few a day and/or very short emails Others are trememdously expensive for a beginner. Lack of understanding of basic info seems to be the problem of lots of us. Thanks for your help. LL

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  332. There are too many internet marketing gurus out there who promises the moon and leave people in the mud! They do not follow up on what they promise it is like a hit and run business strategy! Abraham Lincoln said it so well: “You can fool all the people some time but you cannot fool all the people all the time”

    The internet marketing guru that has the integrity will be like a shining diamond and a saviour to millions who are looking for a simple step by step instruction to make some decent income online. They are not thinking of $10,000 or more a month? Most of them are just looking forward to earn $500 to $2,000 a month onlne and that’s not a lot to ask, isn’t it?

    The black sheep are hurting the industry as millions of people are not able to differentiate the hype from the truth and they just swtich off! It is human nature, once bitten twice shy!

    Millions are suffering out there and they have put in time, money and effort but are not properly guided and being sold products after products, and it seems that many are just selling products and not taking care of their customers to ensure they make some decent income?

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  333. The biggest obstacle for me is inertia. There is so much to learn! All I do is study, study, study. What I need to do is DO something. I need to write my e-book, build my affiliate website, and work on them. It is time to stop getting ready and start doing. Ed.

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  334. Why I am not getting rich online? Its not a lack of hard work or taking action- I do both. I am a law graduate so am not stupid but have been trying this IM for several years and am making some but not enough to make it worth while. I am having a problem building a mailing list. Advertising is too expensive. Mainly I think I get distracted by too many different approaches and ideas. Trying them means I don’t keep doing one thing for long enough. I should delete all my mailing list subscriptions and sick to one thing. Also I seem to have a block about really marketing my product.

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  335. I see alot of comments blaming outside circumstances, but the bottom line is that if your subconscious mind is not in line with your conscious there is going to be a problem. It will be really hard work to overcome your inner conflict or you won’t be able to to take action. You may even work really hard and wonder why you still can’t succeed.
    Once there is congruence you will naturally and easily ALLOW things to happen.
    The information Rick provides is excellent but for most of you who can’t put it into action, my bet is that it’s your conditioning and beliefs that get in the way.
    If you can sort those out, nothing will stop you achieving what you really want.

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  336. My biggest problem remains “the List” To get a list you have to find people. To find people you need to draw them in. I spent 168 dollars on the lowest adsense key words and recieved 5 pre-enrollies in one program.. I had 86 hits one day and I focused my key words.. All the emails came from yahoo and all came back bad..Google out did me .. They have the cash and I have nothing to show for it. I have spent hours on all the free list sites, traffic exchanges and FREE traffic sites that say buy our pro version… I need something to draw people to my sites…
    I have learned that you need to start, build, the program and create the hype to reap the rewards.. It’s that or have a big list.. I have neither right now….
    Damnit I am determined to get one or the other or get divorced trying…
    Cheers
    Ken

    livewell.blogsite.org
    livewell.hobby-site.org
    livewell.thruhere.net
    http://www.travelbycity.com/livewell/

    livewell.is.dreaming.org

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  337. I see alot of comments blaming outside circumstances, but the bottom line is that if your subconscious mind is not in line with your conscious there is going to be a problem. It will be really hard work to overcome your inner conflict or you won’t be able to to take action. You may even work really hard and wonder why you still can’t succeed.
    Once there is congruence you will naturally and easily ALLOW things to happen.
    The information Rick provides is excellent but for most of you who can’t put it into action, my bet is that it’s your conditioning and beliefs that get in the way.
    If you can sort those out, nothing will stop you achieving what you really want.

    Cheers,

    Jim
    http://www.mindclearing.com.au

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  338. What’s holding me back ? Technical knowledge to upload web sites, scripts, the difference between PHP and Server Side (if any) . In a nutshell – all the small but terribly important details on how to do these things. Example : when uploading anything to a server, which files go first – or does it matter. I’m flooded with offers for books on marketing, list building, hypnotic phrases, etc. but not a one on what I need to progress.

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  339. I have viewed the many opportunities that regularly arise on the Internet and think “That is it!” and it isn’t. I liken Internet marketing to the way a surfer would. If you surf (Honest to God surfing) you know a great deal of time and energy is spent doing nothing but watching the water surface. He is waiting …for the next rider. Looking for that smooth curl. Why? Because in surfing the approximate time and regularity of each wave is kind of predictable but …now wait…but the sense, intution, skill, luck whatever is all really good surfers have is they know which will get him the huge tube curl he craves.

    When a surfer dreams about surfing it isn’t riding on just any wave, It is the good wave. Wnner s in maketing on the Internet can see two steps beyond the present, knowing the work he is doing now may not appeal to people next year or the next. Knowing what people crave, what they just gotta have as soon as they see your site. Something, even if it is modestly priced is so inticing he is going to buy it.

    I thnk most everyone has that feeling of seeing something they didn’t really know they wanted until the minute they saw it. It could be an ebook on breeding Turkerys or “How to pull your dog through a keyhole alive.” Anyone whith any hope of making more than walking around money on the Internet simply must be able to see two steps ahead or follow someone who can.

    We are the small guys. To us, Capital is where the PResident lives, Guru’s have the other kind so we cannot long survive without the means to do the market research and know what people want/need/gotta have and sell it to them.

    Wait one more minute…an example. Remember when Kodak came out with the “disposable camera” to the shreaks and laughs of Nikon, Cannon, Sony all thinking Kodak really laid an egg. What happend we all know, is Kodaks’ ability to design, build and fund a project that developed something that had one setting and a plastic lens, put it to the public and called it the “Fun Saver.” People went totally Ape over the thing and still are. Now they didn’t have to plan to take their prcision insturment with them when they went to Grandma’s on Sunday. If something developed they wanted to record and share for years, well heck, just buy a “Fun Saver” at the gorcery down the street.

    That stoke of genious filled their tresuries for years and still is. They successfully developed somehjing no one really knew would be a “must have” for those unpredictable times when they just absolutely had to record for posterity and share for years in the future.

    It is that kind of knowlege I lack. Ii is not intuative to most people out to make a good living off the Internet like us. I need someone with that kind of “We will build it and they will come” knowldge who will hold out his arm, point and say “Everyone line up behind this product/service and build it into your web page. I tell you when we launch.”

    That is what I need. Without it I am facing a hundred small failures and maybe a big one or two before I nail just one good one that will back-fund all the loses I have racked up. I would not expect to pull a “Kodak” right out of the gate, but I would take comfort in the knowldge I had some resource to pull several “Kodaks” over the years to make a living at it. We all know that resource exists. All they need do is watch the differing approaches the Gurus take and they are making a little more than walking around money pulling off one after the other.

    Thaks. Now I will not need to go pay to see my theripist this week! See, there it is again. theripists make good money sitting, listening and noding. Maybe I’ll set up a theripists sit and promote the heck out of it. Is that two steps ahead?

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  340. Hi Rich , What I would like is a daily to do list of every single step of setting up an Internet Marketing Business , with a list of all the resources and tools to do and learn each step.

    Thanks
    Emrys

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  341. What I would like is what Emrys says “…a daily to do list of every single step of setting up an Internet Marketing Business , with a list of all the resources and tools to do and learn each step.” That just about hits the nail on the head for me.

    I know how to set up a web page, insert links, etc., but getting visitors and building a list just isn’t happening for me. I can’t promote a product which I don’t have nor have money to buy, so I go the affiliate route which isn’t getting me any money either because I have no list to which to advertise. Anyone recognize a catch 22 here?

    Focus is a problem because so many people send me very interesting items which make THEM tons of money and I take my good time to check their proposals out. Yep, they make a lot of money but its off people like me. I feel that we people who are starting are taken advantage of and so cannot grow to honestly help others get started.

    So my next obstacle holding me back is not really an obstacle but more a disappointment. I know that people can make a living doing business on the internet and that that is valuable. I am disappointed that more people who have “made it” aren’t willing to freely share their good fortune with us by offering their success procedure with us beginners.

    It would really blow me away if some “guru” really did give us the “secrets” honestly for free and just helped us get started. Afterall, if they are already making those “million” they profess to be making, why can’t they share some free info and time with those of us who really need it.

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  342. what’s the point of putting anything here when the questions arent answered? I posted a question 5 dyas ago, never even seen it posted here, and never got an answer in my email!!!!!!!!

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  343. Hi,

    I run http://www.music-composition-studio.com/

    My eBook at http://www.music-composition-studio.com/ebook-how-to-write-your-songs-down.html

    has sold all of 3 times since late December (my release date). Since the release date, I’ve gone from about 30 unique visitors per day to about 70, but my sales stats are: 3 sales and 2 returns.

    I’ve spent all of my savings almost recovering from a chronic illness (bringing it from an intolerable situation of pain to a well-managed condition that will soon be gone, see http://www.curetinnitus.org), and I’ve managed to maintain my status as a doctoral candidate in Vienna.

    My biggest obstacles are: time, money, and health.

    I have several smokin’ sites in mind. For example, I have a solution to the problem of SPAM. I figured something out that would eliminate SPAM.

    Maybe another one of my obstacles is: high creativity, great ability to create products from idea to reality, little idea how to market and distribute the products and gain wealth from them.

    I came up with the c-mom mousepad back in 1997 or so. The site is here: http://www.c-mom.com. I sold the mousepads to clients where I did training, but I was not able to get the product selling on its own. Again, time, money, health…all stood in the way. I just worked as a part time webmaster while teaching computer literacy and getting my Master’s Degree…three jobs and full time studies was enough…I just didn’t have the energy to market my product.

    So, honestly, right now, I’ve got money coming in to put me back to zero in my bank account, I have bills that exceed my credit limit, I have a credit card that is about to go into collections, and I have a lovely new baby daughter who is a month old. Today I’m calling all my past clients and doing everything I can to bring in the rest of the money I need.

    So, anybody who wants to get in touch with me can do so here:
    http://www.music-composition-studio.com/music-composition-studio-contact.html Want to invest in any of my ideas? I have a bunch more…

    It’s been very challenging for me to secure a basic income while working on the things that I either a) really want and am passionate about like music composition, or b) find to be fantastic business ideas that require a ton of work (which I need to do myself because of a lack of funds/track record/or other salable “pull” for a joint venture).

    I’ve done the “percentages” joint venture thing…but so far I haven’t gotten the best people with percentage deals. I’ve wound up working with people who have no money and seem to be more confused than I am about earning money.

    So, I don’t know…Rich and your community…what kind of solution might work. You could offer scholarships…just an idea…

    Otherwise, I’m just plugging away, and I’ll be at 10 businesses each making $100/day soon enough. I have other criteria as well, however, since I am only interested in earning an honest buck…honest good money that is used for a good purpose.

    For medical purposes, for example, I advocate that the patient be informed of the least expensive curative healing modalities available for their condition or illness. I have an almost empty site at http://www.urine-therapy.info, where I discuss the daily procedure that helped me get rid of my allergies. The procedure is free.

    Best wishes, and if you like, put in a good word for me in your prayers so I reach my financial goals and my goals of helping others and myself in doing so.

    Sincerely,
    Dainis

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  344. Thank you Rich, very motivating. I liked the comments from CarlosM above. Gaining momentum is the aim and I have taken careful note of the steps that you outlined. Block: What do you do if you have no list? In your experience, what is the best plan to get started (the steps and, in particular, the ORDER of those steps based on your experience) when you have no list, and still gain momentum the quickest way?

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  345. Hi Rich.
    I just saw your video online. It’s great to hear what you guys are up to.
    I am nearly finished with my brand new web content management system http://www.SEO-CMS.dk that is specially designed for my customers to get top placement on the search engines, so I am on my way to implement it on many websites. The first site, that has got the system is my danish marketing site: http://www.EffektivMarkedsfoering.dk
    I’ll wish you the best luck. You are great ;o)
    Best regards, Christian

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  346. If Only! I have been running my business for 25 years, I am an expert in my field and most of this is new to me. I am so busy dealing with day to day business stuff I haven’t had time to look outside my box. Only after the market has started to change am I now realising what a goldmine I have missed.
    Today I am starting on a new business that I have 25 years experience in. Thanks Rich any more guides in this style and preferably with pdf transcript would be greatly appreciated.
    All the very best
    Kevin

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  347. My main problem is…
    I specialize in sports injuries offline. But I want to make a living online so I don’t have to trade my time for dollars. I have a website but it’s not monitized. Their are not a lot of affiliate products to promote that I agree with. I don’t even know how to check to see if this is a good market to stay in for an online business.

    I also lack focus. I jump from one project to another and I still get nothing done.

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  348. Simple approach, focus and action – it works, I have just become overloaded with useless information. Thanks for reminding me of what I need to do, now to throw out the rubbish and concentrate on the things that will work.

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  349. The main thing that holds me back is money. I could say time as well, but I can make the time – I have done it before. I do not have the start up money that I need to even have a website built. I have tried many different options, but it seems as though they always fall through. I am trying to learn how to build a website myself, but that is taking alot of time. Time that I could be spending working on my business. I keep thinking that there has to be a way for someone to get a business up and running without alot of money, but I can’t seem to find out how. My brain is just about on information overload with all of the researching that I have been doing! If I can get over this obstacle, then I am certain that I can do well.

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  350. I enjoyed viewing the webniar, but what is holding me back due to my disability. Like other programs, they teached via teleseminar, audio, or video…..without any transcrpit. Since I am hearing impaired or deaf, transcripts are needed in order to follow through the courses or programs. My business is slowly developed due to lack of materials (or no transcript or guidance) and I had to learn the hard way.

    Also, what is holding me back is mindset….and also I need to get rid of FEAR like changing the outlook of business or future, or taking a risk, etc.

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  351. My biggest challenge? Creating awareness of a new product category in the marketplace. Aromachology — the science of our sense of smell — is so new no ones’ heard about it (not to be confused with aromatherapy). Many of the major drug companies are starting to see its potential, i.e. modifying behavior without putting drugs into the circulatory system and this will have a major impact on health and wellness in the next few years.

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  352. The word “momentum” is the key… I started a programme to drive up my turnover last December – it’s working. However the notion of “momentum” tells a stronger story, it is not just driving up turnover but the pace at which you do it that important. Thanks for reminding me, I have shared your ideas with three clients this week all responded instantly. Should have showed them your video –
    Moreover I now must work on “freedom” to generate enough time to work on “momentum”. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me – simply superb…
    Ken Foy
    Consultant

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  353. I am a virtual assistant and part of my business is helping clients grow their own business and the other part is trying to grow my own business. In growing my own business, I started off a generalist, trying to be all things to all people. Now that I’m realizing I need to hunker down and settle on one niche, I’m digging in my heels. I keep waffling on the idea of taking off all my pages from my website that aren’t appealing to my one and only target market. This inability to make a decision is what’s stopping me. Ok that and not having readily available products to give away, sell, etc.

    I can’t help but comment on others’ comments. There are two courses of action: 1) learn how to build your list and get people to your website yourself, or 2) have someone else who has already done this help you.

    Here’s the do it yourself way:
    When it comes to list building, there’s no magic bullet. I started off a year ago reading Ali Brown’s e-zine queen newsletter, bought her special report, and went to work. She provides step by step tips on how to create and build your list. A few months ago, I sent my first newsletter to my friends, family, and clients and out of 100, only 5 signed up! It’s been about five months and now I have 30 people. This may not seem like a lot, but marketing to a group of people who are interested in you is better than marketing to a group of 10,000 who aren’t. All I can say is that it takes time and effort.

    Getting people to your website is another big hurdle. I attended free online classes offered by Cricket Bailey (GNC Web Creations). Over the course of two months, I learned all about building web pages that are seo friendly, how search engines work, etc, and eventually bought her e-book for $20. Once these people are at my site, I offer them a free taste to sign up for my newsletter. Once they are on my list, I market to them over and over again. Too bad I have nothing to sell right now : )

    So you have a message, product, book, e-book, etc.? Hire a good ghostwriter or web copyrighter and create a one-page site to sell your xx. It doesn’t take a lot of money to build and host the page. There are free templates online, free programs to help with researching search keywords. If I can find something free, I get it!

    The other way is to hire someone to help you:
    Stop thinking that you need to become tech savvy to run a business. Why would you do that? You all remember Rich’s graphic showing all those boxes, listing everything you need to do in order to run a business. I outsource a few things like bookkeeping and logo design because I’m not going to attend classes and use my time learning how to do it.

    Virtual assistants don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Go to guru.com or elance.com and post a bid (it’s free to do). I guarantee you’ll find a freelancer who will help you with what you need and will be surprisingly inexpensive! You can always trade up when you start needing someone with more expertise.

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  354. My biggest obstacle is lack of time due to cash flow crisis. Solving one will solve the other, then I will make 2 days free per week for doing stuff for the future, including setting up my websites properly. Meanwhile I do apply the magic word “No” whenever possible. I find that when I have to think clearly, the money worries have to disappear below the “annoyance” threshold.

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  355. Your video was very impressive. I took a notebook of notes. I am letting everything sink in and next week will review my notes and make a plan from there. Thank you.

    My biggest obstacle is me of course, all others are excuses, I will get there. I have only just begun applying that 80/20 rule, it is rather tricky as you have to really think. Sometimes those income producing tasks are hidden and some steps need to be taken before they become an actual income producing task. I keep plugging along, some days good, some could be better. I know it will all come together soon.

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  356. I RETIRED FROM THE FDNY WITH CANCER. 7/31/2001. NOT CPU SAVY. STARTED READING JOEL COMM. TALK ABOUT INFO OVERLOAD. I HAVE HIS BOOK ADSENSE CODE AND HAVING GREAT DIFFICULTY READING AND UNDERSTANDING. THIS WRITE A BLOG GET ADS IS ALL CHINESE TO ME.
    IM THINKING OF TRYING EBAY WHERE THE PEOPLE COME TO YOU./

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  357. Look what’s holding back people from becoming the “true entrepreneur” that Rich has been describing.

    First: Lack of focus… some people don’t know what they want to do (they first need to discover where their interests and passions lie and then find market niches that complement those) and others have too many things on their plates already (full time job, gotta walk the dog, mow the lawn, paint the house, clean the garage… other than the paying job they should hire neighborhood kids to do these menial tasks for them).

    Second: Procrastination… so many people would rather stay in their comfort zone. They think they have to learn a little more stuff or read a different point of view… and many are too easily side tracked by life (oops got to put out the trash, oh-boy got to go do the groceries, wait a minute got to watch Oprah).

    Third: Lack of know-how… well, there’s no excuse now that you have Rich Schefren’s free materials at your disposal.

    Go back and read The Internet Business Manifesto, The Missing Chapter, The Final Chapter… and watch his videos. Then,

    Get your life and mindset in order… (i.e. “work on yourself” is step 1… if you procrastinate… STOP, if you are unfocused… get focused… if you have too many distractions in your life… get rid of them).

    You will also find that Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad Poor Dad” series of books are complementary to Rich’s material and don’t forget Michael E. Gerber’s “The E-Myth Revisited”.

    What’s holding me back? Absolutely nothing!!!!

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  358. I am stuck on basic mechanics of setting up and managing my web sites. I’m working alone from my computer room and I need someone to call on for help on basics.

    frank

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  359. How do I feel comfortable with outsourcing? It holds me back and many people. Part of problem is knowing I can do all these tasks better than anyone and feeling only I care about my projects.

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  360. hi rich,

    this is pablo, i got the email from richard coffey, and he said that if i want to start an internet business go to this website. so with excitement i visited your site and true enough i was inspired by your from startup to freedom module.

    but contrary to what i expected, i was surprised about you talking about momentum when in fact i have not started any business yet.

    then you send me another email asking me what is holding me to move my business to the next level.

    im so sorry rich, i thought you could help me start an internet business which what im looking forward to.

    in you can help me , im expert in telecommunication.

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  361. My biggest hangup is Orchestrating my circus.

    Not having a business backgrnd, I’m juggling 3 main components:
    a. Learning how to start an Info I-net biz (logistics, SEO, testing/measuring, domains, front page)
    while
    b. applying basic business principles/theory (mission, vision, mind mapping, goals)
    to
    c. my chosen industry sector (staying current/cutting edge in my field takes time/resources too!)

    Thus the reason I need LOTS of coaching! – kim

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  362. Well, I bought all the programs (some good, some bad) and studied and tested and stalled and studied some more, but I just feel overwhelmed. So much to do, so little time and not enough credit cards. HEH! HEH!

    I got my websites paid (not set up), all my domain names paid for (not set up), my autoresponder paid (not set up) and a DYNAMITE book that will be back from the printers in about 4 weeks. I’ve been involved in publishing in the past and I know what to do to market the traditional way BUT I’m such a newbie at online sales. This book is going to revolutionize public education in the USA (the preliminary buzz has been terrific) but I want to market it online and make an ebook out of it to market online. Never done that before.

    I know I need to get this important information out, or no one will benefit from it, but I don’t know what to do next (besides complete the website and set-up the autoresponder). Do I look for a JV partner? I know you said to get others to do what you can’t do and concentrate on revenue, but HOW?

    Keep the good info coming. At least while I’m learning from you, I’m learning the “right stuff”, and not regurgitated garbage.

    Thanks for letting me vent!

    Brennan

    P.S. LOVED the Internet Manifesto! Thanks also for the great chuckle I got from your graphics, especially the “you” hierarchy!

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  363. I have lots and lots of shortcomings, so I’ll just mention the biggest one for me at this period of time, and it is –

    Lack of Focus

    I doubt I have even 10 minutes of productive time per day… I take days just to complete a simple article.

    For example, I should be working on another salesletter now, but I got distracted and ended up visiting your blog… for the third time today…

    Oh well…

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  364. Lack , of knowledge regarding anything to do with running an internet business. I have just woken up to the fact that I have spent a lifetime working for other people. I am working on my own limitations, changing and broadening my outlook every day. Sites like yours Rich help me a lot. I am grateful that people like you want to help people like me!

    Thankyou
    Lorraine

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  365. its a greate video. and the messege is ver clear eaven for me (im not a good english speaker). My obbsticle is in rebuilding my own huge bussiness. I filed bunckropcy not long ago, i live in israel which is a very small country and i feel that i “burned” myself out.

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  366. THe biggest obstacle for me has been finding the right people help me – administrative assistants, writers, and PR experts. Where did all the bright, capable, alive people go?

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  367. I am so computer illiterate that I don’t know how to do anything to build an internet business. That’s what is holding me back.

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  368. Hi Rich,
    Loved all the great information. Our biggest obstacle is cash flow. Before we create momentum we need to make sure we can deliver the products (need cash for inventory) Also we would like to make sure this program applies to the business we already have. We don’t really have a big presence online. Is your program only about information products or does it help with tangible products as well?
    Thanks,
    Marta

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  369. I have several obstacles, I am 70 yrs. old and have a lot of health problems.
    My husband and I live on our social security and we run out of money before
    we run out of month. I have been in a lot of programs where people promised
    they would help me, and as soon as I got involved I wouldn’t hear from them
    again.

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  370. Rich

    I’ve just had another thought about what is holding me back. I think from some of the other posts, there are a few who might have the same problem as me. I think what is holding me back is an issue of “identity” apart from anything else. As potential internet marketers there are so many avenues to go into and there are decisions to be made about where we position ourselves in them, and what our own personal branding is going to be. There might be an issue with me about recreating my business self from scratch. As a beginner I am in a process of “becoming” something (a creative business owner) and that is the crisis point for me. I am not used to being in or visualising the space I want to be in. The business identity I am in at present is malleable and, even though I had a plan, I am not writing any exams, going for interviews, getting a promotion for a job I can ‘see’ in the real world, etc, etc. Am I making any sense? I don’t want to go into any psychobabble here, but there is a ‘virtual’ feeling about a lot of my online work at the moment, and I am not sure how to make it ‘real’. I shall have to think about this more – this identity thing has just come up for scrutiny. Maybe all this is because I didn’t ever say I want to become an Internet Marketer when I grow up – it’s all a bit sudden.

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